Mapper since: December 02, 2010 | Contributor terms: Accepted over 3 years ago
With my background in social and educational studies I am a little bit an exception in the OpenStreetMap world, but nevertheless a huge enthusiast! I got to know OpenStreetMap in 2010 and got really interested in it after I discovered the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team.
As a good, critical student at that time, I was questioning the mapping in humanitarian and development contexts. So I decided to focus the dissertation of my master in Conflict and Development (in Dutch) on the power of maps in slum contexts. I went to Bangladesh to do interviews with a lot of slum dwellers and I also met with the local OSM community, discussed with them and mapped the Dhaka Zoo with them. Conclusion of my research: mapping can be a great tool, especially if the local community has the ownership over the maps. And… this is exactly what OSM can offer!
After, I got the luck to be selected for the Eurosha project. Three months of mapping, promotion and training for local and international actors in the Central African Republic followed. After an evacuation out of CAR, Cameroon was the next destination. Promotion and training resulted in a start-up of a local OSM community and a lot of mapping fun in Cameroon!
Recently I participated also in the translation of the LearnOSM guides from English into French in Dakar and subsequently I supported during two months the awesome OSM community in Senegal.
Besides this, I'm also proud to be part of the Gent community in Belgium.