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Jeroen has been promoting the use of international standards and Free and Open Source Software for geographic data and information for over ten years now. Jeroen served on the OSGeo Board and is a Charter member since the early days of OSGeo.
He studied Tropical Forestry at the Wageningen University with specialization in GIS and Remote Sensing. Upon graduation in 1997 he worked on Participatory Soil Fertility Management in Africa at the Royal Institute for the Tropics of The Netherlands (also: Tropenmuseum) until he joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN FAO in 1999.
At the FAO Jeroen worked on satellite data processing for early warning systems for food security and for desert locust control. He founded the GeoNetwork opensource project in 2001 allowing the agency to catalog its geographic data assets. He participated in writing the United Nations SDI (UNSDI) Reference Architecture as Task group manager Interoperability in the United Nations Geographic Information Working Group UNGIWG. He frequently participated in ISO TC211 and OGC meetings in the past.
In 2007 he founded GeoCat. A commercial company providing Enterprise products, SAAS and services around OSGeo software. GeoCat is a strong supporter and sponsor of OSGeo and FOSS4G conferences and events.