Mapper of the Month May 2017: Marek Kleciak (Germany/Poland)
Mapper of the Month April 2017: Ben Abelshausen (Belgium)
Can you introduce yourself ?
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.
Mapper of the Month March 2017: Lauri Kytömaa (Finland)
Mapper of the Month: Lauri Kytömaa (Finland)
Help Doctors Without Borders and the Red Cross to facilitate their rescue
Mapper of the month: Steve All (USA)
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 landscapes to enjoy these pursuits, including wonderful oceanside rides and deep wilderness hiking and camping. I have been fascinated with maps and geography back to age six when my grandfather sat with me and a world atlas, showing me The Old Country, the city where I was born and the bay we lived near in Southern California. He taught me a way to “fly” while looking at a map, to visualize the real world and a map together, synthesizing both experience and imagination. I think everybody can do this, though some things (say, perceiving 3D topographic contour lines as hills and valleys) take practice. “Flying with maps” still kind of thrills me, even today.
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 building already exists. Those existing buildings have a whole history
behind them: someone drew them, later an address was added, maybe their protection status, number of floors,
shops, etc. Our goal is to keep that object and its history, and only change its outline. That means that a lot of
manual checking will be necessary. One example is that we don’t want our buildings to overlap roads, or we don’t
want industrial buildings mapped as houses.
During the hackaton, we thought along with the work prepared over many months by Glenn, building on previous
experience by Sander. We found a few points of improvement, and now have a good plan on how to get the import going.
Keep an eye on the wiki pages about the GRB and
about the GRB import if you are interested. Or talk to us
via the mailinglist or one of the other channels.
Even though the GRB was our main focus, we worked on several other projects too. As it goes in OpenStreetMap,
both French and Dutch speakers were there, eager to work together. So most of the talking was in English :)
The very website you are visiting now was much improved on during the day. We didn’t just make a new website,
we also made it more inviting to contribute! Now that we have migrated to GitHub, everyone has access to the
source code. We’ve already added some help to get you started.
The co-working space that Transforma BXL allowed us to use, was excellent for
the event: brainstorming in the Innovation Garden, then off to the office space for the hard work. In a co-creative
atmosphere, we worked on our own OSM projects too, and got to test the POSM setup with Colin Broderick.
Thanks again to Transforma BXL!
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Mapper in the spotlight: Sarah Hoffman (Germany)
This is a translation of Sarah’s text in German. Any misrepresentation is our fault.
Mapper of the Month: Sus Verhoeven
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 and assembled them myself. The last one runs Ubuntu. My laptop runs Windows 10. Unlike the desktops, I buy my laptops.
September is maptember
What happens when you allow everyone to map the world, as they see fit, no questions asked?
Mapper in the spotlight: Andy (United Kingdom)
This months mapper in the spotlight is Andy, mapping with the username: SomeoneElse
Mapper of the Month : Jorieke Vyncke
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.
Mapper in the spotlight: Jinal Foflia (India)
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.
Belgian mapper of the month: Julien Fastré
Can you introduce yourself ?
Mapper in the Spotlight: Pete Masters (Scotland)
Q: Who are you ?
Belgian Mapper of the Month: Stijn Rombauts
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.
Mapper in the spotlight: Nick (Netherlands)
Who are you ?
Mapper in the spotlight: Dkiselev (Russia)
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
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.
Mapper in the spotlight: Fredy Rivera (Colombia)
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
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)
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)
Mapper in the spotlight: Dave Corley (Ireland)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 and digital format, but does not neglect the others.
Mapper of the month: Brice Maron
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.