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OpenStreetMap Arlon meetup

- Tennis Club Garisart : Zone Artisanale 30 - 6700 Arlon (Weyler)
Rencontre des contributeurs OpenStreetMap du pays d’Arlon et d’ailleurs. Tout le monde intéressé par OSM est le bienvenu, du parfait débutant au cartographe expérimenté. N’hésitez pas à venir si vous êtes juste intrigué par le projet OpenStreetMap et la cartographie participative.

Mapper of the month: Can Ünen (Turkey)

- Marc Gemis
OSM.BE Mapper of the Month: unen

OsmAnd route engine hacking

- Zeus WPI : Krijgslaan 281 - Gent
Zeus WPI - the student working group of UGent - has invited me to give a small workshop on tweaking the routing engine of OsmAnd. After a small introduction, we’ll try to get the things working on our phones.

Mappers in Bruges

- De Stoepa : Oostermeers 124 - Brugge
Everyone enthusiastic or interested in creating maps with OpenStreetMap and opensource is welcome! We’ll talk about all kind of topics, answer your questions, …

OpenStreetMap official meeting in Brussels

- Cafe De Markten : Rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains / Oude Graanmarktstraat 5 - 1000 Brussels
The first hour will be an official meeting. That means it is intended for official members and there will be actual voting (both offline and online). You can register to be a member on osm.be and will get an invite if you did that before.

Mapper of the month: Aylin Kızılaslan (Turkey)

- Marc Gemis
Who are you ?

FOSS4G Belgium 2018

- bel.brussels : Avenue du Port 86c/3002 - 1000 Brussels
After the very succesful FOSS4G Belgium events in 2015, 2016 and 2017, OSGeo.be announces the date of the next FOSS4G Belgium Conference: 25 October 2018. Stay tuned for more info!

OpenStreetMap Arlon meetup

- Tennis Club Garisart : Zone Artisanale 30 - 6700 Arlon (Weyler)
Rencontre des contributeurs OpenStreetMap du pays d’Arlon et d’ailleurs. Tout le monde intéressé par OSM est le bienvenu, du parfait débutant au cartographe expérimenté. N’hésitez pas à venir si vous êtes juste intrigué par le projet OpenStreetMap et la cartographie participative.

Mappers in Bruges

- De Stoepa : Oostermeers 124 - Brugge
Everyone enthusiastic or interested in mapping and opensource is welcome! We’ll talk about all kind of topics, answer your questions, …

Mapper of the month: David Morais Ferreira (Luxembourg)

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Who are you?

Meet mappers in Aalter!

- Jeugdcentrum Kadans : Stationsstraat 71 - 9880 Aalter
We komen samen ter gelegenheid van een project in Aalter. Kom langs als je eens een mapper in het echt wil zien, als je moeilijke vragen hebt, of als je OpenStreetMap net hebt leren kennen en het beter wil begrijpen. Iedereen is welkom! Er is geen agenda, maar we nemen laptops mee om dingen te kunnen tonen en uit te proberen.

Mapper of the month: Allan Mustard (USA/Turkmenistan)

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I “met” Allan Mustard when I saw his keynote speech on SOTM 2016. More recently, I read a few of his diary entries where he tells about his surveys. So I decided to contact him for an interview.

OSMAnd route engine hacking

- BeCentral : Cantersteen 10 - 1000 Brussels
Did you know that the routing engine of OsmAnd can be tweaked? For example, it is possible to program it so that it avoids all cobblestone. Or, if your left blinker is broken, a route planner with only turns right can be provided. A lot is possible, this is your chance to build your own truly personalized routing engine.

Mapper of the month: Lionel Giard (Belgium)

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Translation: MOTM team

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels

- BeCentral : Cantersteen 10 - 1000 Brussels
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the month: Matšeliso Thobei (Lesotho/Ireland)

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Please introduce yourself My name is Matšeliso Thobei from Maseru, Lesotho. I currently live in Ireland and study MSc Spatial Planning at Dublin Institute of Technology. I work as an Assistant Physical Planner at the Ministry of Local Government since September 2008. I love travelling; listening to music and watching movies and ever since I was introduced to OpenStreetMap mapping became one of my hobbies. I got my nickname tshedy from my name and it has been since I was a child.

OpenStreetMap meeting in Arlon

- Les Arcades : Place Léopold 5 - 6700 Arlon
Rencontre des contributeurs OpenStreetMap du pays d’Arlon et d’ailleurs. Tout le monde intéressé par OSM est le bienvenu, du parfait débutant au cartographe expérimenté. N’hésitez pas à venir si vous êtes juste intrigué par le projet OpenStreetMap et la cartographie participative.

Mapper of the month: Tomoya Muramoto (Japan)

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Who are you ?

Mapper of the month: Yasunari Yamashita (Japan)

- escada
Please introduce yourself

Evolu'TIC 2018

- Namur Expo : Avenue Sergent Vrithoff 2 - 5000 Namur
Le 4 mai 2018 à Namur Expo, le salon Evolu’TIC revient pour sa 3ème édition axée sur le Smart Citizen, impliqué et acteur dans son cadre de vie, saisissant les opportunités offertes par le numérique.

OSM Meetup in Brugge

- Ecofablab Brugge : Binnenweg 4 - 8000 Brugge
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels

- BeCentral : Cantersteen 10 - 1000 Brussels
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

BeGeo 2018

- SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre : Mont des Arts, 1000 Bruxelles
Agoria et l’IGN organisent pour la troisième fois BeGeo, LE congrès national avec salon consacré aux informations géographiques rassemblant à la fois les pouvoirs publics, le secteur privé et le monde de la recherche. Cet événement unique aura lieu le 24 avril 2018 au prestigieux centre de conférence SQUARE Brussels Meeting Centre, au cœur de Bruxelles.

Mapper of the Month April 2018: Andrew Harvey (Australia)

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Please introduce yourself

Rencontre OSM à Namur

- Mundo-N : Rue Nanon 98 - 5000 Namur
Let’s meet in Namur for the next Wallonia OpenStreetMap meetup on the 27 May 2018 , 6:30 PM ! Anyone interested in OSM is welcome, from the absolute beginner to the most experienced mapper. Do not hesitate to come if you are just curious about OpenStreetMap and participatory cartography. We have booked a room at Mundo-N (Rue Nanon, 98, Namur, 10 min. from the station) with a beamer, so anyone interested can bring a laptop and present something. Thema of the day: OpenStreetMap and Hiking

National Missing Maps Mapathon 2018

Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue

Road completion workshop

- BeCentral : Cantersteen 10 - 1000 Brussels
What we’ll do

Open Belgium 2018

- Aula Magna : Place Raymond Lemaire 1 - Louvain-la-Neuve
Let’s make Belgian knowledge open, usable, used, useful

OpenStreetMap official meeting in Brussels

- BeCentral : Cantersteen 10 - 1000 Brussels
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the Month March 2018: Nathalie Sidibe (Mali)

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translation by escada

OpenStreetMap meeting in Hasselt

- ? : Hasset (location to be defined)
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the Month February 2018: Anisa Kuci (Albania)

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FOSDEM 2018

- ULB - Campus du Solbosch : Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 - 1050 Bruxelles
FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

FOSDEM 2018

- ULB - Campus du Solbosch : Av. F. D. Roosevelt 50 - 1050 Bruxelles
FOSDEM is a free event for software developers to meet, share ideas and collaborate.

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels

- The Sister Brussels Café : Rue Chair et Pain 3 - 1000 Bruxelles
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

OpenStreetMap meeting in Arlon

- Les Arcades : Place Léopold 5 - 6700 Arlon
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the Month January 2018: Pieter Vander Vennet

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Translation by escada

Mapper of the Month December 2017: Geochicas

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Who are you? We are a Latin American community with members in 11 different countries of the region. http://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/geochicas_161167#3/-4.39/-53.88 In #Geochicas we have different profiles, we have backgrounds in programming, social sciences, geography, design, humanities. Many of us are students, researchers, and workers in different companies, state institutions, organizations, and universities in our countries.
The name #Geochicas is born as part of the need to encompass our work and desire to articulate mapping with the gender approach in the community.

Missing Maps Mapathon at IPIS

- IPIS Research : Italiëlei 98A - 2000 Antwerpen
If you can’t attend the Missing Maps mapathon at MSF the week before, if Brussels is a little far for you or if you just can’t get enough, here’s another chance to contribute to OSM in developing countries and/or pass the passion to new volunteers: IPIS is hosting another Mapathon in Antwerp!

Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KU Leuven Dept. of Geography : Once on the campus go under the first floor bridge between buildings C and E. Then go through the door on your right.
We get together to discuss OpenStreetMap.org and related topics.

Missing Maps @ MSF

- MSF Brussels / Handicap International : Rue de l'Arbre Bénit 46 - 1050 Bruxelles
We’re doing another Missing Maps mapathon at the MSF offices in Brussels.

Mapper of the Month November 2017: Horea Meleg & Florin Badita

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First of all, we are proud to announce that the “Mapper of the Month” series exists 3 years now! This time we have a duo-interview: Horea Meleg and Florin Badita. They both work for Telenav in Romenia. I hope you enjoy reading how paid mappers collaborate in our community.

OpenStreetMap in Antwerp - Q & A

- Lebowski's : Boomgaardstraat 350 - 2600 Antwerpen
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

FOSS4G Belgium

After the very succesful FOSS4G Belgium events in 2015 and 2016, OSGeo.be announces the date of the next FOSS4G Belgium Conference: 26 October 2017.

Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KU Leuven Dept. of Geography : By car, on Kapeldreef drive between building E and F to park, then move to the opposite side of E Building for the main entrance. On foot, The entrance is under this overpassing building.
We get together to discuss OpenStreetMap.org and related topics.

OpenStreetMap meeting in Arlon

- Les Arcades : Place Léopold 5 - 6700 Arlon
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the Month October 2017: Seppe Santens (Belgium)

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translation by escada

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels

- The Sister Brussels Café : Rue Chair et Pain 3 - 1000 Bruxelles
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Collaborative infrastructure for the smart city

- joost schouppe - OpenStreetMap Belgium
At OpenStreetMap Belgium, we want to be the first to map new things. That’s not just because we like doing that, but also to offer the best service to our data users. And it has an implication for local government too.

Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KUL, Building C : Once on the campus go under the first floor bridge between buildings C and E. Then go through the door on your right.
We get together to discuss OpenStreetMap.org and related topics.

Meetup in Brugge!

- De Stoepa : Oostermeers 124 - Brugge
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the Month September 2017: Jonathan Beliën (Belgium)

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Please introduce yourself

Next Wallonia OpenStreetMap meetup

- Mundo-N : Rue Nanon 98 - 5000 Namur
Let’s meet in Namur for the next Wallonia OpenStreetMap meetup on the 12 Sept. 2017 night! Anyone interested in OSM is welcome, from the absolute beginner to the most experienced mapper. Do not hesitate to come if you are just curious about OpenStreetMap and participatory cartography. We can have a room at Mundo-N (Rue Nanon, 98, Namur, 10 min. from the station) with a beamer, so anyone interested can bring a laptop and present something. We plan to bring some drinks. We may go outside for some mobile applications demo/trial.

Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KUL, Building C : Once on the campus go under the first floor bridge between buildings C and E. Then go through the door on your right.
We get together to discuss OpenStreetMap.org and related topics.

Mapper of the Month August 2017: Gaurav Thapa (Nepal)

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Please introduce yourself My name is Gaurav Thapa and I am currently employed as a Geographer/Project Manager at Kathmandu Living Labs in Nepal. I currently live in Pokhara, Nepal but also spend a considerable amount of time in my hometown of Kathmandu, Nepal. Travelling and seeing new places continues to be one of my great passions and mapping has allowed me to travel to places where I will never be able to go physically. Beyond this my hobbies include playing football, cycling and attempting to be away from my computer as much as possible.

Fourth Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- Arboretum Heverlee : Er is een infobord aan het arboretum, net voorbij de brug onder de E40, schuin naar rechts
Let’s go outside for a change and map the trees of the arboretum of Heverlee as precisely as we can. I’ll print some maps on paper of what is already there, so we can compare and verify.

Open Bike Data & Mapping with OpenStreetMap

- BeCentral : Cantersteen 12 - 1000 Brussels
Open bike data and maps are part of the solution towards more bike-friendly cities. The good thing is… you as a citizen can help improve these data and maps!

Mapper of the Month July 2017: Jamie Nadeau (Canada)

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Who are you?

Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KU Leuven Dept. of Geography : By car, on Kapeldreef drive between building E and F to park, then move to the opposite side of E Building for the main entrance. On foot, The entrance is under this overpassing building.
General introduction to mapping with JOSM. Overview of apps to actually use the data like OSMAND and MAPS.ME and of apps that can be use tos contribute source data like Mapillary.com and OpenStreetCam.

Mapper of the Month June 2017: Julien Minet (Belgium)

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Please introduce yourself

OpenStreetMap in Antwerp informal meetup

- Zurenborger : Dageraadplaats 4, Antwerpen
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

OSCAL 2017 - When OSM Belgium meets OSM Albania (and OSM Kosovo)

- Jonathan Beliën
The story begins in February 2017 at FOSDEM (https://fosdem.org/) in Brussels; a cheerful Albanian delegation arrives on the Brussels ground. Among these Albanians, Anisa Kuci and Redon Skikuli, members of OSM Albania; since they are on Belgian soil, they decide to contact OSM Belgium and yaaay, some of us also attend the FOSDEM. First contact around a Belgian beer, our new Albanian friends announce that they are organizing an open-source conference at their home in Tirana in May: OSCAL (Open Source Conference Albania) and that we are welcome. Even if these Albanians are rather nice, Tirana is not really one of the dream destinations. I therefore answer politely (and prudently) that I will think about it. FOSDEM ends, weeks pass and I ke...

Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KU Leuven Dept. of Geography : By car, on Kapeldreef drive between building E and F to park, then move to the opposite side of E Building for the main entrance. On foot, The entrance is under this overpassing building.
We can work on a task from http://tasks.hotosm.org.

Mapper of the Month May 2017: Marek Kleciak (Germany/Poland)

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Mapper of the Month April 2017: Ben Abelshausen (Belgium)

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Can you introduce yourself?

Missing Maps Mapathon at IPIS

- IPIS Research : Italiëlei 98A, Antwerpen
NGOs working in the South need decent maps in order to reach people who need help. However, in many places the map is not yet complete.

First Leuven Monthly OpenStreetMap Meetup

- KUL, Building C : Once on the campus go under the first floor bridge between buildings C and E. Then go through the door on your right.
The 300 participants of the National Mapathon managed to get a lot of work done. Those tasks need to be reviewed and either corrected and validated. Or they should be rejected and feedback sent to the mappers, so they can learn from the experience.

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels

- The Sister Brussels Café : Rue Chair et Pain 3 - 1000 Bruxelles
Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Surveys

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The best way to collect data for OpenStreetMap is by surveying an area. With surveying, we mean walking or driving around and taking notes of the features or objects you encounter. For newcomers it might be difficult to start with their first survey. There are as many methods as there are mappers, but it might help to get started when you have read at least one workflow. That is why I wrote this article. I will also explain how you can prepare your survey with data from external sources.


OSGeoBE Dev Evening - QGIS Plugin

- ESI (Haute Ecole de Bruxelles) : Rue Royale 67, 1000 Brussels
For this OSGeoDevEvening we will explain how to extend QGis with your own plugins. Following a step-by-step process, we will create our own extension.

National Missing Maps Mapathon 2017

Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue

OpenStreetMap meeting in Louvain la Neuve

Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the Month March 2017: Lauri Kytömaa (Finland)

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Mapper of the Month: Lauri Kytömaa (Finland)

National Mapathon

- Joost Schouppe
Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels on February, 21

Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

OpenStreetMap in Antwerp informal meetup

Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!

Mapper of the month: Steve All (USA)

- Marc Gemis
Who are you? I am Steve All. In OSM I am stevea and in our wiki I am Stevea. I grew up in San Diego and live in Santa Cruz, California USA since age 17, coming here to attend the University of California and fell in love with the place: starting a business, buying a house, raising a son through the local schools and my alma mater, now he is getting his PhD. I double-majored in Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence) and Applied Linguistics and became a software professional. I am a former employee of Apple and Adobe and work with various local software companies, improving quality as a Software Quality Engineer, Project Manager or Director of Software Quality. I love to hike and bike and am blessed with many beautiful local land...

OpenStreetMap meeting in Brussels on January, 16

Let’s build a community with everybody interested in OpenStreetMap!




Hackday GRB

- joost schouppe
Last Sunday 12 December, we had our first real OSM Belgium hackday! The plan was mainly to work on the GRB import. A dozen volunteers made it to Brussels and participated. In Flanders, 1944 of our contributors have already mapped 1.4 million buildings. Most of that by hand, from aerial imagery. But recently the Flemish government released the ‘GRB (NL)’ as open data. This data contains over 4 million buildings, and they are drawn to centimeter level precision. So we want to improve the geometry of our existing buildings, then go for complete building coverage in Flanders. We agreed we wouldn’t just copy the government data. First we need to translate the local building concepts to global OSM definitions. Then we will check if an ...

OSM Belgium Hackday

Ben Abelshausen and Glenn Plas would like to invite you to the OpenStreetMap Hackday!

Mapper in the spotlight: Sarah Hoffman (Germany)

- Marc Gemis
This is a translation of Sarah’s text in German. Any misrepresentation is our fault.

A chat with OSM Iceland

Jóhannes B. Jensson is in town. He’s the main organizer of OpenStreetMap in Iceland and the man behind MappingBotswana. Come have a drink with him and talk about mapping, local OSM organisations, etc.

Maptime Belgium

- Joost Schouppe
We want to make open mapping easy! Watch this space to stay tuned for mapmaking activities all over Belgium, mostly in Brussels.

Missing Maps Mapathon @ VUB Brussels

EGEA Brussels and the student organisation are inviting us for their Missing Maps MAPATHON on Tuesday November 15th!

Missing Maps MAPATHON on Wednesday October 26, at the IPIS library!

IPIS, Missing Maps and OpenStreetMap Belgium organise another Missing Maps MAPATHON on Wednesday October 26, at the IPIS library!

OpenStreetMap meeting in Bruxelles on Octobre, 18

After an amazing State Of The Map in Brussels, let’s build a community with anybody interested in OpenStreetMap.

Mapper of the Month: Sus Verhoeven

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Who are you? Sus is my computer related nickname, on OpenStreetmap I use susvhv. In the early days of the PCs I always had problems with the ç of François, my real name (smiles). I was born in 1933, (I leave it to you to calculate my age) in Brussels and I was a technician at the Belgian Nuclear Research Center or SCK in Mol, where I live at the moment. I was sent on early retirement during a restructuring at the SCK. I have been enjoying home life for over 25 years since that moment. When I went to school, there were no computers. Luckily, I got the opportunity at work to spend time to learn about hardware and software and get familiar with microprocessors and microcontrollers. Until now, I have bought all my desktop computers as parts ...

HOT-summit mapathon @ MSF

The day before SOTM Brussels, there’s the HOT summit. You should go to both :) After the HOT-summit, their participants are invited to come map with us. So expect plenty mappers who are deeply involved in humanitarian mapping.

September is maptember

- Joost Schouppe
What happens when you allow everyone to map the world, as they see fit, no questions asked?

Mapper in the spotlight: Andy (United Kingdom)

- Marc Gemis
This months mapper in the spotlight is Andy, mapping with the username: SomeoneElse

Presentation of OpenStreetMap to the public in City Hall of Leuven

We’ll have a table, electricity and an internet connection. It’s inside the city hall, but there will be an exhibition about the new ‘circulatieplan’ for Leuven.

Mapper of the Month: Jorieke Vyncke

- Marc Gemis
Jorieke, a 28 years old Belgian, has spend a lot of time the past few years to support local OpenStreetMap communities all over the world. She worked on several projects in Africa, Europe and Asia to train people and to promote OpenStreetMap by local and international players.

OpenStreetMap beers in Halle!

For the first time in the metropolis of Halle (Vlaams Brabant), all welcome to learn, teach or preach about OpenStreetMap.

Mapper in the spotlight: Jinal Foflia (India)

- Marc Gemis
Jinal Foflia is living in Bengaluru, India. In her free time you’ll see her playing with words which she turns into poetries, she is an amature baker and is always trying to make something creative out from the waste. Jinal is engineer and works currently at Mapbox as a Data Analyst.

Just talk about OSM over a beer

Let’s talk about OpenStreeMap - newbies to experts, all welcome.

Missing Maps @ IPIS, Antwerp

We’re doing another Missing Maps mapathon in Antwerp, at our regular host IPIS.

Belgian mapper of the month: Julien Fastré

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Can you introduce yourself?

Missing Maps @ MSF

We’re doing another Missing Maps mapathon, this time at the MSF offices in Brussels.

Mapper in the Spotlight: Pete Masters (Scotland)

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Q: Who are you?

Belgian Mapper of the Month: Stijn Rombauts

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Stijn Rombauts is a 37 year old bio-engineer who works for the Flanders Enviroment Agency, where he builds and maintains computermodels of streams and rivers. Those models are used to predict floods and to plan of e.g. fish steps and waiting basins. Because he spends a lot of time in front of the computer for his job, he tries to be active, in the nature, during his spare time: be it on foot, with the mountain bike or in a canoe.

National Missing Maps Mapathon 2016

Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue

Missing Maps Mapathon - Antwerp

Register here to volunteer to help out at the event. Any and all help is welcome, you don’t have to be an expert! If you want to come as a regular guest, or want more info, click here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/missing-maps-mapathon-antwerp-march-23rd-tickets-21633266683

(M)Apps 4 Ghent

We’re organizing a Mapathon (mapping Ghent) at this Open Data Hackathon party.

Missing Maps Mapathon - VUB

Jo is setting up Mapathon at the VUB in Brussels. He needs a helping hand! Any level of experience is useful.

Mapper in the spotlight: Nick (Netherlands)

- Marc Gemis
Who are you?

Missing Maps Mapathon - VUB

Join the first “mapping party for the homeless” ! It will take place in Brussels, on 27th February, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). You will take part to an important mapping initiative, that would answer the needs of different associations working with the homeless (i. e. La Strada, Médecins du Monde, Association des Maisons d’Accueil).

Mapper in the spotlight: Dkiselev (Russia)

- Marc Gemis
The Russian OpenStreetMap community is one of the largest. Still, I don’t know a lot of Russian mappers. Since I wanted to get to know them better, I asked Zverik for some interesting mappers. He was so kind to give a list of candidates. And I just picked one, that happens to be dkiselev

Belgian Mapper of the Month:Stefan

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Stefan (ponci4520) is 28 years old and just finished his studies in resource and sustainability management (Joint Degree for Sustainable Development). Right now, he is looking for a job. He uses OpenStreetMap not only on a daily base for personal use, but also for his university research in order to visualise the distribution of cultural resources in cities. In future, Stefan would like to learn how to build his own map layers to show otherwise invisible buildings and infrastructures.

Missing Maps Mapathon Gent

We’ll map away somewhere deep in Africa with as many people as possible. RSVP here if you want to help out during the event. Experience iD and JOSM mappers very much needed.

Mapper in the spotlight: Fredy Rivera (Colombia)

- Marc Gemis
This time we travel to South-America for our Mapper in the Spotlight series. The interview and the English translation are done by Joost Schouppe.

Belgian Mapper of the Month: Polyglot

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Polyglot is a Belgian network administrator who’s hobbies are changing a bit over time: learning languages, cycling, horsebackriding, and oh …. OpenStreetMap became a major time sink!

Mapper in the spotlight: Lutz Lange (Germany)

- Marc Gemis
One of my favorite maps based on OpenStreetMap data is the Historic Places map. I have been contributing several pieces of data that show up on this map, as well as helping a bit with the translation. During those tasks I met Lutz, one of the people behind this map. So it is with great pleasure that I can present this interview with him.

Mapper in the spotlight: Dave Swarthout (USA/Thailand)

- Marc Gemis
Who are you?

Mapper in the spotlight: Dave Corley (Ireland)

- Marc Gemis
I first saw DaCor’s avatar on the help-site, where he gave friendly and detailed answers. Later on, I saw him doing the same on the Irish mailing list. After seeing Jo Walsh’s presentation (video) in which he is mentioned at the end, I knew I would love to interview him.

Mapper of the month: Olivier Roussel

- Marc Gemis
Olivier Roussel, or Dagou on OpenStreetMap, is originally from Brussels, but lives for the moment in Arlon. He got a PhD in chemistry and works in a research and developement lab of a private company in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. OpenStreetMap is really a hobby for him.

Mapper in the spotlight: Clifford Snow

- Jorieke Vyncke
We have been interviewing Belgian mappers for a year now.Since westill like the concept, [Marc] (http://www.openstreetmap.org/user/escada)took the initiativeto extend it outside our little Belgian communit. From time to time hewill interview amapperfrom somewhere inthe world. He hascompiled a list of 30 mappers (for now) of people that hemet on different mailing lists and fora. And from time to time hewill contact one andask her or him to answer a few questions. The focus will be on indivudual mappers, unlike the very interesting interviews conducted by OpenCage, that focus more on developers and country profiles.

Mapper of the Month: Vincent Van Eyken

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Vincent Van Eyken recently got his civil engineering degree, specialism architecture. With this background, it is not surprising that he has an healthy interest in topics such as urban planning and public space landscaping. But he also has a long lasting and strong passion for geography and cartography. Therefore it is almost natural that he ended up in the OpenStreetMap world. He maps under the nickname QuercE, which is derived from the Latin translation of his family name; ‘quercus’ (adj. ‘querceus’) is latin for ‘eik(en) / eyken’. Eik is the Dutch word for oak.

Mapper of the month: Matthieu Gaillet

- Marc Gemis
Matthieu Gaillet(Pagaille) is a technical electrician and is now responsible for the technical aspects in a cultural center. His motivation to map comes from his passion for collaboration in map making and his intensive use of maps for cycling and hiking trips.

Mapper of the month: Marc Gemis

- Jorieke
Marc Gemis is a 48 year old software engineer for a multi-national in Mortsel. His largest passion are his dogs, which he walks every day. His nickname, escada is the name of one of his dogs.

Mapper of the month: Joost Schouppe

- Jorieke
Joost Schouppe is a sociologist. He followed those studies because in his opinion, they are the least specialized that exist. He works in a social studies research center that covers a wide range of subjects. Most of the time the projects have both statistical and geographical aspects, trying to convert data hidden in databases into knowledge. This gave him the opportunity to study data processing in SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences )and made him discover the fascinating world of ArcGIS. A lot of his there is published on the neighborhood monitor of the city of Antwerp, a geostatistical platform. Besides his job, Joost loves being in nature and is fan of atlases, encyclopedia and travel guides. He prefers them in an open...

Mapper of the month: Brice Maron

- Marc Gemis
Brice (eMerzh) lives in Jette. He is 30 and programmer in a small start-up in Brussels that is active in social analytics. He is passionate about open source and everything around it. For his job he works on Archlinux + KDE and his preferred OpenStreetMap editor is of course JOSM!

Mappers of the month: Josefien & Ruben

- Marc Gemis
Josefien and Ruben (M!dgard) are 20 and 19 years old. Between their mapping activities, they are going to college. In high school, they were best mates; and now they walk the streets of Blankenberge and neighbouring villages with their self-made OpenStreetMap badge. Ruben is more interested in the technical aspects, while Josefien spends her free time to design and make two OpenStreetMap T-shirts to wear during their surveys. They love to help others, e.g. they give blood plasma every two weeks in Ghent.

Mapper of the moth: Pierre Parmentier

- Marc Gemis
Pierre Parmentier is an engineer in construction. He first worked on construction sites and projects in Africa, the Middle East and South America. Then in Belgium. Currently, as freelancer, he participates in industrial projects in different countries of the world. Everything what has to do with mapping, orienteering and fortifications are his hobbies. And many other subjects! He maps under the name foxandpotatoes.

Mapper of the month: Brecht Bonne

- Marc Gemis
Brecht Bonne is mapping on OpenStreetMap under the name peeweeke, how he got that name, is a long strory … Brecht is 33 years old and lives in Bruges. Currently he is in between jobs, but he has an education in computer sciences and as network administrator. Brecht is always on the move and has a lot of hobbies. First of all, of course, computer sciences, but he also volunteers a lot: at a youth movement for disabled people, at the Red Cross, at Oxfam Solidarity and their Worldshops. He likes to travel, not always far away, because close to home he is experiencing the same fun! For several years he combines this now with mapping for OpenStreetMap.

Mapper of the month: Guy Roman

- Marc Gemis
Since five years Guy Roman is retired. Before that he was technical electrician for a engineering company. He mainly followed up projects for energy distribution and automation. So he was already “drawing” during his career.

Mapper of the month: Guy Vanvuchelen

- Marc Gemis
Guy’s username is GuyVV. He is 70 and lives in the area around Tienen. He has worked all his life for a bank. During the last years of his active career he made a lot of statistics, using tools such as Framework, DBase, Excel and Access. He bought his first computer, a MSX, in 1988. A few years later he switched to a “PC”. Although he lost track, he assumes that he already owned 20 different models. He is an amateur photographer since his 16th birthday. Later on, he also made digital videos and recently he is into digital photography. Since his retirement he started to walk, slightly pushed by his wife. After buying a Garmin Etrex, he enjoyed it more since he had something to do; namely recording tracks!

Mapper of the month: Ben Laenen

- xivk
Ben Laenen, in OpenStreetMap known under the username Eimai (pronounce /ˈimɛ/ like the Greek word είμαι), lives in Antwerp and is in his daily life a train conductor. During his studies he became active in the FOSS-world, now already a time ago. He is for example one of the people responsible for DejaVu Fonts, one of the standard fonts in several Linux distributions. The same font is also used in the main rendering engine of OpenStreetMap, Mapnik. As such, he is also active in the Libre Graphics community, more specifically in the typographic aspects.