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Thanks for reading the second quarterly OSMbe Newsletter.
The concept is this: this e-mail is in English, but every article links to a Dutch and French version on osm.be
 
Het concept van deze nieuwsbrief is als volgt: de rest van de inhoud is in het Engels, maar elk onderwerp heeft een link naar een Nederlandstalige versie op OSM.be
 
Le concept est le suivant: cet e-mail est en anglais mais chaque article est disponible en français et en néerlandais sur osm.be.

OSMbe Corporate Membership program

in het Nederlands - en français

For years, OpenStreetMap Belgium has worked with close to no budget at all. We also didn’t have much costs, so it wasn’t a real issue. Being part of OpenKnowledge Belgium meant we still had access to a professional organisation whenever needed.

But as OpenStreetMap in Belgium grows, this is no longer a good way of working. At the same time, we noticed that more and more companies build their businesses around OpenStreetMap data. They have an interest in being part of the community. We decided to solve both problems by introducing a Corporate Membership program. For our Corporate Members, we offer the following benefits:

  • OpenStreetMap Belgium will promote specific mapping activities that are beneficial to you
  • Limited free consultancy: we will help you analyse business cases that could work with OpenStreetMap (max 8 hours)
  • We will help you engage with the community when you do projects in Belgium
  • We will put your logo on our front page and show it during events
  • You can mention a link to OpenStreetMap Belgium in your own communications
  • And of course you will get instant karma

For large organizations, this costs 2500 euro per year, for SME’s 1000 euro. We have managed to attract several companies this way:

  • Geo-6: a geodata consultancy company
  • Anyways.eu: an open source routing company
  • ChampsLibres: a cooperative specialised in open source geo tools
  • Visit Flanders (Toerisme Vlaanderen): a Flemish government department that contributes to OSM data with their Pin je Punt project
  • RouteYou: mapping company focused on recreational navigation
  • TomTom: GPS manufacturer and mapmaker that makes heavy use of OpenStreetMap
  • Mapbox: global basemap and map services provider

While it is great we can have a closer relation to these data users (and corporate contributors!), this also means we have a budget now. The first thing we did, is start the Open StreetLevel Imagery project (see below). We’re looking into more ways to better support the community with this income. Most of this discussion is happening within the official membership and the Board. Do you want to be part of that discussion? Just send a short e-mail to board@osm.be and tell us a sentence or two about yourself. We do ask for active involvement from our members.


 

The Open Streetlevel Imagery Project
in het Nederlands - en français

When mapping in OpenStreetMap, nothing beats going out to survey yourself. But a close second is having good pictures of the street. We can’t use Google StreetView because of their terms of service. Fortunately, we have decent Mapillary coverage in Belgium. With OpenStreetMap Belgium, we want to encourage sharing this kind of imagery as open data. Governments are still buying access to private datasets, instead of contributing to solutions that can be used by everyone. We decided to lead by example, and are investing in the quality of the coverage of open data 360° imagery. To that purpose, we have so far bought three GoPro Max cameras, to be shared with volunteers.

The map below shows all organic 360° coverage in Mapillary in green. In blue it shows our addition since the start of the project in March.

The program has been very succesful so far. Two of the users have gone on to buy more gear themselves, and coverage is increasing significantly. We can use more help though! Are you doing a long hiking or cycling trip? Or would you like to get full coverage of your municipality? Perhaps you want to map all the paths and tracks in your area? Just send a mail to community@osm.be with the project you have in mind, and we will send you camera and gear for you to use for a few weeks to a few months.

The Rush for Wallonia
in het Nederlands - en français

There is a lot going on in Wallonia! Of course the community around Arlon has a lot of activities, but now we are building contacts with the geo devision at the Service Publique Wallonie (SPW) as well.

One of the tracks is related to buildings and addresses. A few years ago, Glenn Plas built a tool to help importing the buildings and addresses in Flanders. Over the last year, he also integrated Brussels’ and Wallonian data. For the occasion, we migrated the tool to https://buildings.osm.be/ and started centralizing the documentation on the wiki. Read the wiki before trying the tool though!

In Wallonia, we are going to give structured feedback about the state of the buildings in the source data. If you follow the instructions, we will be able to query OSM to report missing or razed buildings in their dataset. Our member Julien Minet already posted a blog (FR) about his experience in Neufchateau.

A similar thing is happening with the Road Completion project. While we are looking for missing roads in OpenStreetMap, we often spot mistakes in the official data as well. We have been using Wegenregister in Flanders for a long time. Here, feedback about the official data is generated within the MapRoulette tool we use for mapping. Now we are also providing this feedback for Wallonia as well.

Paid mapping for the Flemish provinces

As some of you might already know, OpenStreetMap Belgium is keeping the Flemish cycle highway network up to date in OSM for the Flemish provinces.
In 2021 OpenStreetMap Belgium set up a datamodel together with the Flemish provinces to map cycle highways in a consistent and unambiguous way. This experimental map shows some of the nuance of that datamodel.

In 2022 these Flemish provinces placed an order with Open Knowledge Belgium / OpenStreetMap Belgium to keep the network of cycle highways up to date.
Every month we receive the most recent info about new inaugurated stretches and new signposted sections.
So far +/- 7 hours were spent on this specific paid mapping task.

Zoals sommigen van jullie wel al weten, houdt OpenStreetMap Belgium het netwerk aan fietssnelwegen binnen OpenStreetMap up to date in opdracht van de Vlaamse provincies.

In de loop van 2021 heeft OpenStreetMap Belgium het datamodel van de fietssnelwegen verfijnd, met input van de Vlaamse provincies. Deze experimentele kaart toont wat van de nuance van dat model.

In 2022 hebben de provincies dan een bestelling geplaatst bij Open Knowledge Belgium / OpenStreetMap Belgium om gedurende een jaar het netwerk up to date te houden in OSM.

Elke maand krijgen we een update met de stukken die afgewerkt zijn of waar de bebording geplaatst is. Tot nu toe hebben we daar zo’n 7 uur werk in gestoken.

Certains d’entre vous sont peut-être au courant, d’autres non. En 2021, OpenStreetMap-Belgium a mis en place un projet et un modèle de données affiné avec les provinces flamandes pour cartographier les itinéraires cyclables d’une manière consistente et sans ambiguités. Cette carte expérimentale montre quelques unes de nuances de ce modèle de données.

En 2022, ces provinces flamandes ont demandé à Open Knowledge Belgium / OpenStreetMap Belgium de maintenir le réseau d’itinéraires cyclables à jour. Chaque mois, nous recevons les informations les plus récentes quant à la construction de nouveaux tronçons cyclables ou quant à la création de nouveau itinéraires balisés.

Jusqu’à présent, environ 7 heures ont été prestées sur cette tâche de cartographie rémunérée.

Mapper of the Month

Every month, a new interview with an interesting mapper is added to the osm.be website.

The most recent mappers of the month are:
 

  • Ivan Lievens, who is helping out with the building import effort (EN, NL, FR)
  • Nicxon Piaso, who is building the map in  Papua New Guinea (EN, NL, FR)
  • Gpoilvet, a young contributor near Sint-Niklaas, Belgium (EN, NL, FR)

Want more?

Join the chatroom to stay up to date, join one of our projects, contribute on our Github or become a member.

Any questions? Simply reply to this mail to contact the community.
Our mailing address is:
OpenStreetMap Belgium
Open Knowledge Belgium VZW/ASBL
Cantersteen 12
Brussels 1000
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