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We hope you're not too surprised to receive this e-mail. It's been almost three years since we used this newsletter. We plan to send out a message every three months.
The concept is this: this e-mail is in English, but every article links to a Dutch and French version on
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OpenStreetMap at the Open Belgium conference

in het Nederlands - en français

Every year, the open data / open source / open knowledge community of Belgium meet during the Open Belgium conference. There's a lot of people we haven't seen since 2019. This year on April 29th, Open Belgium will be a real life event again. We hope to see you in Ghent!

We will be there with a stand, talks & workshops and post-event drinks. If you have an idea submit it yourself or ask for advice (deadline: March 21st).

All info at


Improve OSM with "Pin je Punt" from Visit Flanders
in het Nederlands - en français

Visit Flanders (Toerisme Vlaanderen) and the five touristic organisations of the Flemish provinces have been working together on open tourism data for ten years. This includes the famous node networks for walking and cycling.

On March 8th, they launched the "Pin je Punt" project, with the support of OpenStreetMap Belgium.

Pin Je Punt will collect data about benches, picnic tables, public toilets, playgrounds, charging stations for e-bikes, bicycle pumps and repair stations and touristic watchtowers.

The project runs on a MapComplete theme, a tool to make it easy to make thematic maps that run entirely on OpenStreetMap data. The themes are designed to invite contributions back to OSM.

The data that was already available within the provinces, has been converted to Notes. That way, the data will be validated one by one. They appear on the regular site and in Pin Je Punt.

The government agencies are doing this project to collect data that is available nowhere else for all of Flanders. By using OSM for data collection, the data will automatically flow to several data users. They will also set up services of their own to distrubute to their usual re-users.

Try it out yourself, and let us know what you think! We're also monitoring all the edits as they come in - and we could use your help with that.

Mapper of the Month

We were grateful that Escada ran the Mapper of the Month project for many years. Now we’re very happy to see Pierre Parmentier taking over the work!
Every month, a new interview with an interesting mapper is added to the website.

The most recent mappers of the month are:

  • Koos Krijnders, a recently retired Dutch GIS professional who supports the Missing Maps project (EN, FR, NL)
  • Mustafa Kamil, who maps in his native Sudan from his home in Saudi Arabia (EN,NL,FR)
  • Søren Johannessen, a Danish OSM organizer and professional data user (EN,FR,NL)

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OpenStreetMap Belgium
Open Knowledge Belgium VZW/ASBL
Cantersteen 12
Brussels 1000

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