OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world that is being built by volunteers largely from scratch
and released with an open-content license.
The OpenStreetMap License allows free (or almost free) access to our map images and all of our underlying map data. The project aims to promote new and interesting uses of this data.
OpenStreetMap Belgium started as a tiny group of mappers doing meetups. Over the years more and more people started showing up and with the increasing usage and visibility of OpenStreetMap it was time to start organizing ourselves better. The invitation from Open Knowledge Belgium to join them as a working group, giving us the structure we needed without all the overhead, came at the perfect time. From then until now we have been actively supporting OpenStreetMap by co-organizing FOSS4G Belgium, the Open Belgium yearly conference, meetups, mapathons and many other OSM related events. This all escalated a bit with the organizing of SotM in 2016, which was a great boost for our community. We are very happy to be able to join the OSMF as a local chapter and we hope we can have continued positive impact on the OpenStreetMap project both on a local level and internationally.
The OpenStreetMap Belgium chapter is for outreach. www.osm.be was built with this in mind. We offer free tiles for Belgium to help with the switch to OSM. We promote open source by doing projects with the Open Summer of Code, for example building a mapping tool that shows local government that their data was successfully integrated into OSM. We are also a “single point of contact” for people outside the community, making it easier for them to communicate with the project. At the same time, being an official voice helps to get the project be taken more seriously. As part of the wider OpenStreetMap movement, we try to support international friends in other countries – directly or through Missing Maps and related projects.
Eigenlijk is iedereen die interesse heeft in OpenStreetMap in België al deel van onze community. Mappen op OpenStreetMap is natuurlijk de hoofdzaak. Er zijn ook vrijwilligers die meer doen, en die heel wat activiteiten mogelijk maken of helpen met software-projecten, mapathons of andere events.
Als iedereen al lid is van de community, waarom dan OpenStreetMap Belgium? Onze missie is mapping-activiteiten te faciliteren in België, en ervoor te zorgen dat iedereen zich welkom voelt. Je kan OpenStreetMap België bekijken als dat deel van de community dat nog net een stapje verder gaat met mapping dan de anderen. Als je wil helpen met het verbeteren en uitbreiden van de community in België, kom dan bij OpenStreetMap Belgium! Kijk eens op de 'join'-pagina om lid te worden.