Our projects

Free Belgium Baselayers

Project lead: Jonathan Beliën

The goal for this project is to offer a OpenStreetMap baselayer for Belgium. This baselayer will be available for anyone using OpenLayers, Leaflet, … Most tile servers have a usage policy meaning you have to use commercial tiles servers (like Mapbox, Stamen, …) or host your tiles server yourself. We want to provide you with a third option, at least for Belgium, that is both open, free and easy to use. This project aims to host for you a custom OpenStreetMap tile rendering for Belgium so you ...

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Heritage in Flanders and Crowd-Sourced Projects

Project lead: escada

Heritage in Flanders and Crowdsourced Projects Introduction In this article I want to show you how one can add information about immovable heritage to crowdsourced projects such as OpenStreetMap and some of the projects of Wikimedia. In Belgium, the list of immovable heritage is controlled by three agencies, one for Flanders, one for Brussels and one for Wallonia. In Flanders, the agency is called Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed. They make a catalogue of the items and decide on the protection...

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How To ... ?

You’ll find here a list of “How to” tutorials related to OpenStreetMap. How to see the map How to create a simple map (with a marker) based on OpenStreetMap How to use free OpenStreetMap Belgium baselayer How to see the map You can check the map here : https://www.openstreetmap.org/ ! How to create a simple map (with a marker) based on OpenStreetMap There are 2 most common open-source JavaScript libraries used to display a map : Leaflet and OpenLayers. Build a simple map ...

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How to create a simple map (with a marker) using Leaflet ?

This tutorial is based on Leaflet Quick Start Guide and uses version 1.4.0 of the library. I suggest you check if there is a more up-to-date version before proceeding. Include the Leaflet stylesheet in the <head> section of your HTML page <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://unpkg.com/leaflet@1.4.0/dist/leaflet.css" integrity="sha512-puBpdR0798OZvTTbP4A8Ix/l+A4dHDD0DGqYW6RQ+9jxkRFclaxxQb/SJAWZfWAkuyeQUytO7+7N4QKrDh+drA==" crossorigin=""> Inc...

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At OpenStreetMap Belgium, we support the Missing Maps project by doing regular Mapathons. Each year, disasters around the world kill nearly 100,000 and affect or displace 200 million people. Many of the places where these disasters occur are literally ‘missing’ from any map and first responders lack the information to make valuable decisions regarding relief efforts.Missing Maps is an open, collaborative project in which you can help to map areas where humanitarian organisations are trying t...

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Mapper of the Month

Project lead: Marc Gemis

Mapper of the month has been one of our longest running projects. We noticed there is a lot of attention for those who have OSM as their job or are software developers using OSM but not as much for the mappers at the core of the OSM community. From the start the main the Goal of the project is to put the splotlight on those mappers. Every month we interview a new mapper by choosing someone who comes either recommended or someone we contacted by just looking at the map and sending messages vi...

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How to create a simple map (with a marker) using OpenLayers ?

This tutorial is based on OpenLayers Quick Start Guide and the OpenLayers Popup Example and uses version 5.3.0 of the library. I suggest you check if there is a more up-to-date version before proceeding. The OpenLayers library is more powerful than the Leaflet library and offers more built-in functionalities than Leaflet but because of that the simple things tense to be more complicated. Include the OpenLayers stylesheet in the <head> section of your HTML page <link r...

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Road completion project

Project lead: Joost Schouppe & Ben Abelshausen

We’re called OpenSTREETMap for a reason: we have an excellent road network. With turn restrictions and lane navigation, hiking paths and cycle lanes. But there are still some basic mistakes here and there. We aim to correct these mistakes by using open government datasets to verify and detect missing data. Meanwhile, we’ll improve government data too, and offer you a guaranteed minimum quality. Crowdsourcing, Open Data and Machine Learning As we are crowdsourcers, every mistake that our cro...

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