OpenStreetMap receives $25,000 Grant from American Red Cross

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is very excited to announce that the American Red Cross extended OSMF an USD 25,000 grant for purchasing hardware to support the ongoing resilience of the OSM platform infrastructure. The funds were allocated towards the purchase and provisioning of a ‘hot’ backup database failover server – which has been purchased and is currently humming along doing its important job! This trail-blazing contribution will ensure that we can recover from site failures quickly and with the minimum amount of disruption for those editing the map. This is a big step forward in platform resiliency that we otherwise would not have been able to make at this time.

American Red Cross and OpenStreetMap

The American Red Cross has steadily ramped up its support for OpenStreetMap. Indentifying OSM as a source of up-to-date map data crucial to their international disaster field operations, they quickly developed into a major contributor to OSM, through their own work, support of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), and most recently through their Missing Maps initiative, to which around 10% of all OSM map contributions can now be attributed. The American Red Cross has also supported OpenStreetMap through app development and sponsorship of State of the Map conferences.

If you are interested in the technical specifications of this new server, please see here.

We want to say a big Thank You to the American Red Cross and we hope that more organisations which use OSM data will be inspired to strengthen the OSMF infrastructure and support our great project! If you are interested in donating to the OpenStreetMap Foundation, please get in touch with us at

About The OpenStreetMap Foundation

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, formed in the UK to support the OpenStreetMap Project. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data and to providing geospatial data for anyone to use and share. The OpenStreetMap Foundation owns and maintains the infrastructure of the OpenStreetMap project. You can support OpenStreetMap by becoming a member, donating or joining our volunteer Working Groups.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters in the US; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. In 2017 alone, the American Red Cross sent humanitarian aid to 26 countries to help save lives in the aftermath of disasters. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. Visit of more information.

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5 thoughts on “OpenStreetMap receives $25,000 Grant from American Red Cross

  1. Vincent PRIVAT

    This is great news ! 🙂
    The article could be improved a little bit though:
    – could you please link the source from where you deduce that Missing Maps can be credited for 10% of all OSM map contributions? Their website mentions 37.607.590 “total edits”. It’s not counting changesets as we have “only” 54.473.245 in the database, so I assume they’re counting modified OSM objects? In this case, as we have more than 4.2 billion nodes + 456 million ways, it would mean Missing Maps can be credited about 0.8% of all map contributions.
    – the chapter “About OpenStreetMap” is confusing. You’re describing the Foundation, not the project. Also the sentence “You can support…” mentions the ways in which we can support the Foundation, but there are plenty other ways to support the project, like mapping or developing software. So could you please change it to “About OpenStreetMap Foundation” and “You can support OpenStreetMap Foundation”?

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  4. Dale Kunce


    Thanks for the question. To clarify the 10% comment, when we look at the total volume of change sets since Missing Maps began in 2014. We got the numbers by using the osm-stats engine used in the Missing Maps leaderboards. We also compared them to some baseline numbers in Athena. Admittedly missing maps mappers typically have smaller change sets because many our first time mappers are at mapathons.

    Happy to dig into these numbers more with you if you like.

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