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Welcome to the wiki page of the Belgium OSGeo chapter.

Upcoming activities

Mapping party for homeless people, Saterday February 27

The « mapping party for homeless people » will take place in Brussels at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, on Saturday,February 27.

More information on wikipage :

Open Belgium 2016 will give a presentation at Open Belgium 2016 about "Open in Geo".

Geospatial World Forum in Rotterdam (23-26 may) OSGeo will participate.

Foss4G International in Bonn (24-26 august)

The most important international Event of OSGeo. Highly recommended! The call for papers is now open (until 31 march)

State of the Map 2016, 23-25 september, Brussels

The international event of OpenStreetmap is organised this year in Belgium. Highly recommended as well!

Past activities

2013 June 13th OSGeo Ghent - Ghent

2014 November 6th beOpenGISfr - Brussels

2015 February 1st FOSDEM geo track - Brussels

2015 October 29th FOSS4G Belgium 2015 - Brussels

misssing Maps mapathon in Ghent

On saterday 23 january, Our colleagues of Openstreetmap are organising a missing maps party:

FOSDEM Geospatial devroom (31 january 2016)

FOSDEM is a free and non-commercial event bringing together about 5000 developers in Brussels, Belgium. The goal is to provide open source software developers and communities a place to meet and share thoughts. The participation is free of charge, although donations are welcome. The next edition will take place the last weekend ofJanuary 30 - 31 2016. This year for the second time there will be a Geospatial devroomon Sunday 31/1/2016, organised by members of the OSGeo, Locationtech and OpenStreetMap communities.

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Evaluation /Evaluatie


During the last FOSDEM Geospatial devroom OSGeo was represented. It was a great opportunity for Belgium OSGeo members to meet each other and start talking about organizing ourselves a bit more, so actions in Belgium can be better supported. Belgium is, as a country divided in at least 3 speaking languages and 3 official languages. The active OSGeo community members today are either active in the, the or in several OSGeo communities.

However, OSGeo-nl and OSGeo-fr are language-oriented communities with their geographical weight centred in respectively the Netherlands and France, and the separation by language has impeded on any specific Belgian activities, notably networking and lobbying with administrations that are bilingual on some levels of governance. Thus the need arose to provide a specific Belgian forum.

In the past there where already some OSGeo local activities:

This year we (OSGeoBE) have the ambition to organise a first Belgium/FOSS4G on 29 October 2015 in Brussels. This event will also be used to announce the birth of our Chapter.

In preparation for this official expression of interest, a couple of meetings have already taken place, one physical, most of them trough digital communication (skype/IRC). The meeting minutes can be found on the OSGeo wiki.

Mission and objectives

After discussion amongst the active local chapter members we come to the following list of mission objectives:

  • Community-building and networking around specific Belgian themes and within Belgian fora.
  • Organisation of events
These two mission statements are working together. We believe it is important to meet people face2face. To help them to start open source initiatives, to start using open source solutions, to establish an eco-system that benefits from the cooperation, the sharing and the co-creation open source delivers.
  • Lobbying
We think it is important to speak as one voice, and to get involved with other organisations: administrations, industries, user groups, ... OSGeo. Be will actively speak as an organisation to defend the OSGeo open source spirit in the broader Belgium community (government, academic, industry, other open initiatives).
  • Networking with other OSGeos (notably OSGeo-fr and
OSGeo Belgium will focus on local activities (Belgium based). OSGeo Belgium will advertise and promote other OSGeo initiatives and invite members of the other OSGeo chapters on the Belgium events or meetings.
We think that OSGeo Belgium can act as a bridge between several language communities and cultures, because of it's unique composition.
  • Support to higher levels of OSGeo
We believe that OSGeo only can grow if supported from the base. So OSGeo Belgium is willing to help OSGeo where necessary, to leverage idea's or act as an advisor if appreciated.
  • Support to OSGeo in lobbying European Union Institutions (Commission, Parliament, etc) related to specific EU-Themes (INSPIRE, H2020, Procurement policy, ...)

List of initial members

The Belgium OSGeo Chapter has the support of the following initial founding members (alphabetic - first name):

  • Ben Abelhausen - liason with OSM - Belgium community
  • Dirk Frigne - founding member of the Geomajas community
  • Gaël Kruwialis - active member of the local FOSS momement in the Brussels area - contact with the Brussels administration
  • Johan Van de Wauw - OSGeo Charter Member
  • Maëlle Vercauteren Drubbel - contact with academic world and developing countries
  • Marc Ducobu - liason with
  • Moritz Lennert - GRASS GIS PSC Member, contact with academic world
  • Oliver May - PSC member of the Geomajas project
  • Pieter Colpaert - link with the open knowledge foundation
  • Ruben Capelle
  • Tommy Oozeer - OSGeo Advocate

Dirk Frigne is proposed as a liason officer to the board.


Discussions are held on the dedicated mailing list.