Microsoft Pledges $150k to Support OpenStreetMap

The OpenStreetMap Foundation Board is delighted to announce a $150k gift from Microsoft to benefit the OpenStreetMap project and community. This substantive support will go directly to the improvement of OSM operations and infrastructure, as well as to funding OSM community activities such as local, regional, and global State of the Map events.

At Microsoft, we are fully committed to supporting OpenStreetMap, not only through financial contributions but also by fully embracing and encouraging open map data and actively participating in the community via volunteering and development efforts.

-Marko Panić, Principal Lead Product Manager at Microsoft

The funds from this gift will be allocated in the following ways:

Importantly, Microsoft supports OSM through ‘in-kind’ gifts, as well as monetary contributions. It has donated technical expertise and engineering resources; helped build awareness of the importance of OSM amongst other companies, nonprofits, and other entities; and played an important consulting role on the OSM Advisory board.

The OSM Advisory Board is a unique group within the OSM community that brings companies and local communities together.  It builds positive connections between companies who use and contribute to OSM and the local communities who know the local guidelines, spearhead development projects, and bring OSM mappers together through education and events.

— Mikel Maron, OSMF Board Member

Microsoft, through its representatives, donations, and other help, has provided significant support for the maintenance of the iD editor, is working on improvements to OSM’s sign-up flow, and has introduced OSM to a wider user base through Bing’s Map builder.  The OSMF board is grateful for the many contributions to the success of OpenStreetMap.

The OSMF welcomes in-kind support, as well as financial support for OSM’s technical development, operations, and community: 

The OpenStreetMap Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation, formed to support the OpenStreetMap Project. It is dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free geospatial data for anyone to use and share. The OpenStreetMap Foundation owns and maintains the infrastructure of the OpenStreetMap project, is financially supported by membership fees and donations, and organises the annual, international State of the Map conference. Our volunteer Working Groups and a very small core staff are the primary support for the OpenStreetMap project. Join the OpenStreetMap Foundation for just £15 a year or for free if you are an active OpenStreetMap contributor.

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5 thoughts on “Microsoft Pledges $150k to Support OpenStreetMap

  1. Craig

    This is AWESOME! Give a big shout out to the team that worked with Microsoft to bring this pledge home. I am especially pleased to see that it will be used to boost the work of all of the fantastic OSM mappers and developers by being used to fund three of the SotM conferences. Conferences are really very important places to meet other mappers and to exchange ideas that will build the global OSM organisation. Yay!!!

    1. Mikel Maron

      they are already aware and discussing with the appropriate team internal to microsoft, and plan to comment on ticket soon.

  2. Geoffrey

    Great to see the funds being used to fund regional conferences, is there any chance that some of it can be allocated to the State of the Map Africa and the State of the Map Asia?

    1. Mikel Maron

      These allocations were worked out with Microsoft over 6 months ago. Until today the OSMF have not heard directly about State of the Map Africa, so it’s too late. Companies make decisions about their budgets way ahead. It’s imperative that local events are early and proactive with the OSMF if they want support in this regard.

      I have been in touch with State of the Map Asia, and myself did actively raise the possibility with several potential sponsor companies. It also turned out to be too late in their budget cycle, or they didn’t see it as strategic, so I didn’t personally pull in any support. However I am happy to hear the SotM Asia has met its fundraising goals.

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