OSM recognised with award for its social benefit

May 9th, 2019, Published in Articles: PositionIT

OpenStreetMap (OSM) was selected as the winner of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) 2018 Award for Projects of Social Benefit. The FSF’s founder and president Richard Stallman presented OSM with the award during the LibrePlanet 2019 Conference. The award is a custom-made piece of art: a golden-looking record that had on its label the four reasons why OpenStreetMap was nominated. It was accepted on behalf of the OSM community by Kate Chapman, who went on to thank the FSF and the large community of OSM contributors. Chapman is the chairperson of the OSM Foundation, which supports the OSM project, and she presented some key milestones of the project during her talk.

The FSF’s Award for Projects of Social Benefit honours projects that have taken the ideals of the free software movement and applied them to intentionally and significantly benefit society in other aspects of life. OSM’s use of free software, freely shared data, and international grassroots collaboration has benefited not only the daily lives of individuals around the world but also saved lives through humanitarian uses like improved disaster response.

Nominations for the award were collected from the public, and then a committee made up primarily of previous winners voted between them. OSM is in good company, with previous winners including Tor, Public Lab, SecureDrop, Library Freedom Project, Wikipedia, GNU Health, Creative Commons, and the Internet Archive among others.

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