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OpenStreetMap by Jonathan Bennett

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The OpenStreetMap Foundation

The OpenStreetMap Foundation (OSMF) is a non-profit company based in the UK that supports the project. The foundation exists to own the project's infrastructure, accept donations, organize the annual conference, and provide arbitration in the event of disputes. It was established in 2006 as a Company Limited by Guarantee—a type of company in the UK that is suited to non-profit-making organizations. This type of company doesn't have shareholders; rather its members or guarantors are expected to pay a small amount (currently £5) in the event of the company becoming insolvent. The foundation's Memorandum of Association forbids it from paying dividends or otherwise distributing any profits.

Anyone may join the OSMF, although ...

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