Board/Background/OSMF relocation or subsidiary

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The OSMF board is considering relocating the OSMF to the EU / creating a subsidiary. Reasons stated include the EU database protection rights (see information by Simon Poole). A move to the EU means that we have to move the Contributor Term agreements.

Board and osmf-talk discussions

2019 and after



2023 Quarterly objectives

The following objectives were set during the February 2023 screen-to-screen board meeting:

  • Q1 Review previous plans and decide on one (two?) target countries.
  • Q2 Have found local points of contacts to clarify legal questions.
  • Q3 Have a list of formal actions to do for the move.
  • Q4 Process formally announced.







1 osmf-talk is the mailing list for OpenStreetMap Foundation members (Join the Foundation). All past messages are available here.

Please note that there were also previous extensive discussions about Brexit and its effects by the Licensing Working Group (LWG) (search the LWG minutes for "Brexit" or "relocation") and the issue was also previously discussed by OSMF members and the board.