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The first FOSS4G Belgium, October 2015

About OSGeo Belgium

Welcome to the wiki page of the Belgium OSGeo chapter.

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, ...)

Articles of association

Our official statutes (in french) can be found here.


Becoming an OSGeo Belgium member

Everybody is free to join the Belgian local chapter, all you have to do is add your name to the list of members. It is strongly advised to also subscribe to the mailing list, as announcements about the general assembly and events are made there.

Alternatively you can fill out following form, this will automatically subscribe you to the mailing list, and you will be added to the list of members below:

Word lid van - Devenez membre de - Become member of

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Board of directors

Members of the board are chosen for a period of 3 years by the general assembly. All voting members are free to apply for a position in the board.

  • Term 2015 - 2018
    • Marc Ducobu (Treasurer)
    • Dirk Frigne
    • Gaël Kruwialis
    • Oliver May
    • Tommy Oozeer (Secretary)
    • Johan Van de Wauw (President)
    • Maëlle Vercauteren Drubbel
  • Term 2017 - 2020
    • Marc Ducobu
    • Dirk Frigne
    • Gaël Kruwialis
    • Oliver May
    • Tommy Oozeer (Secretary)
    • Johan Van de Wauw (President)
    • Roel Huybrechts (Treasurer)
    • Mathieu Carette
  • Term 2020 - 2023
    • Marc Ducobu
    • Dirk Frigne
    • Gaël Kruwialis (President)
    • Oliver May (Secretary as of 2021)
    • Tommy Oozeer
    • Johan Van de Wauw
    • Roel Huybrechts (Treasurer)
    • Mathieu Carette
  • Term 2023-2026
    • Gaël Kruwialis (President)
    • Roel Huybrechts (Treasurer)
    • Marc Ducobu
    • Simon van Hooren
    • Jordan Ikalulu

Voting members

All members can become voting members by being introduced by two other voting members. Voting members are added once per year by the general assembly.

Founding members

Other Charter members


During its founding process, the Belgium OSGeo Chapter had the support of the following persons (alphabetic - first name):

  • Ben Abelhausen - liason with OSM - Belgium community
  • Pieter Colpaert - link with the open knowledge foundation
  • Ruben Capelle


Discussions are held on the dedicated mailing list. Next to the mailinglist there is a (board) meeting planned monthly, most of them trough digital communication. The meeting minutes can be found on this page.

History of OSGeo Belgium

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:

In 2015 we (OSGeoBE) organised the first Belgium/FOSS4G on 29 October 2015 in Brussels. This event was used to announce the birth of our Chapter.

Legal information

We are a non-profit organisation registered in Belgium with organisation number BE 0641.662.720

Our bank account is registered at Triodos Bank and has account number IBAN BE78 5230 8075 3686 (BIC: TRIOBEBB)



  • Annual General Meeting | /!\ change 18 May Ascension Day holiday => 16May 2023 | place to be confirme
  • 30 May 2023 6-9 PM | Geodev evening: General PostgreSQL & Postgis | To be Confirme | Gael | Evenbrite
  • 13 June 2023 6-9 PM | Geodev evening: Postgis topology | To be Confirme | Geopostcodes| Evenbrite
  • Foss4G / Qgis-day /SotM | What and how ? | to be discussed at the general assembly or on the mailing list ...


  • Spring session Monday March 28th | (BrewDog Brussels )
  • After work on 26/07/22 | (BrewDog )
  • Foss4G | Firenze August
  • Afterwork 13/09/22 | (BrewDog )
  • FoSS4g & SotM | (17/11/22) | [FoSS4g&SotM]


  • General Assembly | 18 May at 19.30



When What Where Who INFO

Past activities

2018 18 - 25/03/2018 : Bonn - code sprint

2018 24/03/2018 : National Missing Maps Mapathon 2018

2018 24/04/2018 : BeGeo 2018

2018 15 - 17/05/2018 : FOSS4G-fr

2018 17- 19/07/2018 : FOSS4G-Europe

2018 27/08 - 02/09/2018 : FOSS4G Dar-el-Salam

2018 : FOSS4G Belgium

2017 February 4 - FOSDEM Geospatial devroom, Brussels

Geospatial devroom.

2017 26 OCTOBER - FOSS4G.BE 2017

organised by OSGeo.BE with a special session "FOSS4GeoEducation"

2017 14th-19th AUGUST FOSS4G in Boston

-- supported by OSGeo.BE

2017 18th-22nd JULY FOSS4G.EU in Paris

-- supported by OSGeo.BE

2017 29 MARCH - OSGeoDevEvening - QGIS Plugin

[ QGIS Plugin]

2017 25-26th MARCH and 1 APRIL - Cartopartie "mapping the commons"

with more info here and + OSM Be Hackaton, here

2017 25 MARCH - Belgium interuniversity

National Mapathon

2017 March 16 - BeGeo 2017 event , Brussels organised the open source community track on the BeGeo 2017 event

2017 February 5 - FOSDEM Geospatial devroom, Brussels

Here FOSDEM geo track 2017

2016 September 22 FOSS4G Belgium, Brussels

Here 2016 's program and talks

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

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

2016 August 24-26th Foss4G International in Bonn

The most important international Event of OSGeo. Highly recommended! Here FOSS4G 2016's videos of the talks

2016 May 11-12 FOSS4G-fr Paris

Here FOSS4G-fr 2016 's program and talks

2016 May 23-26 Geospatial World Forum, Rotterdam OSGeo participated.

2016 April 18, Brussels will be organising their first GeoDevEvening. The theme will be webmapping and especially Openlayers 3. There will be two speakers, Pierre Marchand of Atelier Cartographique wil give an overview of Webmapping tools. Later we will take a deeper dive with Thomas Gratier, one of the authors of the OpenLayers 3 Beginners guide.

OpenLayers 3 is a JavaScript based library for web mapping, published under BSD license. It groups a set of functionalities to create both lightweight web mapping applications and more heavy web mapping applications for advanced usages. It enables display of geographic features (markers, lines, polygons) with custom styles, most of the time with background maps services from various sources (including OpenStreetMap). It manages all interactions to select, draw geographic entities, display, measure geographic coordinates and manage different Earth representations using cartographic projections.

The event will happen at BEL in Brussels (those who were at will remember the place), next monday 18 april at 19:00 until 22:00. The event is free. You can register here.

2016 March 19 Mapps4ghent

2016 February 29 Open Belgium, Brussels gave a presentation at Open Belgium 2016 about "Open in Geo".

2016 February 27 Mapping party for homeless people, Brussels

The « mapping party for homeless people » took place in Brussels at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, on Saturday,February 27. More information on wikipage :

2016 January 31 FOSDEM Geospatial devroom

Here FOSDEM geo track 2016

2016 January 23 misssing Maps mapathon in Ghent

Our colleagues of Openstreetmap were organising a missing maps party:

2015 October 29th FOSS4G Belgium 2015 - Brussels

2015 February 1st FOSDEM geo track 2015 - Brussels

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. For the first time there will be a Geospatial devroomon, organised by members of the OSGeo, Locationtech and OpenStreetMap communities.

2014 November 6th beOpenGISfr - Brussels

2013 June 13th OSGeo Ghent - Ghent