Monthly Archives: February 2023

Call for Volunteers with Design and Art Skills

Are you good at graphic design? Like to sketch, draw, paint, or take photographs? Do you draw comics or have a graphic novel going in your free time? Do you have training in data visualization, typography, and color theory? Are you the person who doodles on the back of little pieces of paper when other people are talking?

The Communication Working Group needs you!

We’re looking to add more volunteers to the CWG who can help us add visual storytelling to the blog, social media, and other channels to support OSM events, fundraising, developer projects, and other projects.

Your time commitment could be as little as a few hours on one project, or as much as an hour or two a week on a sustained project or projects over the next few months–it’s your choice.

Send an email to the Communications Working Group with the subject line “Visual Storytelling Team” and let us know a bit about what your interest is, including any links to your work that you want to share. Once we get a sense of who is interested and what kind of skills are available, we will set up a project list and process for sharing requests.

Many more details to come!

EWG Project Deadline: “Adding the Ability to Mute Users”

The Engineering Working Group (EWG) would like to announce the deadline for the following project: Adding the ability to mute users on the website.

Project Deadline

The  deadline for submitting a proposal will be March 13, 2023. After the submission deadline the EWG will resolve to award the bid within 2 weeks.

About the Project

Users who receive unwanted messages to their message inbox currently have to report the message writer and wait for an administrator to take action. This feature will make it possible for anyone to painlessly mute (ignore) private messages from another user.

For more details about the project, including how to apply and proposal requirements, please see the the Engineering Working Group Project Funding Repository on Github. Click on  “Ability to mute other users” under the Projects section or visit this link for a list of deliverables.

Understanding the Project Funding Process

Before submitting a proposal make sure to also read the Engineering Working Group’s Project Funding Proposal Framework for a general overview of the process. Should you have any questions about the funding process please reach out to the Engineering Working group at

About the Engineering Working Group

The Engineering Working Group is charged with, among other things, handling software development paid for by the OSMF, putting out calls for proposals on tasks of interests, offering a platform for coordination of software development efforts across the OSM ecosystem, and managing OSM’s participation in software mentorship programs. 

The Engineering Working Group meets once every two weeks. Meetings are open to all and all are welcome. Questions? Please send an email to We are a small group and are still welcoming new members!

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