joost schouppe

Mapper since: September 14, 2008 | Contributor terms: Accepted almost 5 years ago


Here's why I like OpenStreetMap.

Started mapping after using OSMAnd in the Dominican Republic, now a heavy mapper. Have been mapping based on GPS, local knowledge and sat images in Belgium and the countries I've traveled to. Here's more about my early mapping life in my Belgian Mapper of the Month interview.

Apart from mapping, I actually use the data in real life, for example during my one year road trip through South America. Using Osmand on the road. I'm always adding POIs, GPS tracks and corrections. I add Notes mostly to remember where I have to fix things. Also Mapillary user, to help provide an open StreetView alternative for mappers.

I'm active on twitter as @joostjakob on Twitter and on the OSM Reddit.

Community building & humanitarian mapping

I believe OSM is a swarm, in the sense Falkvinge describes in his book Swarmwise. That philosophy implies what you contribute yourself is probably less important than the effect you can have by direct community-growing efforts. So OSM has forced me to ever so slowly become a networker.

I see Missing Maps Mapathons as a tool for community building, hence I've been involved in the organisation of many of them. I also like the international aspect of building mapping communities. Since January 2017, I'm one of the founding boardmembers of OSM Belgium. Join the Belgian OSM community :)

Getting the basics right & working with governments

As a mapper mostly interested in getting the basics right - I mostly trace new roads and footways. That evolved into an interest in how we can use open data to stay up to date. I'm interested in tools that make it easier to contribute, probably because I'm one of the heavier non-JOSM mappers. Then I'm also interested in how OSM data can be used in a better or more extensive way.

OSM data analysis

I'm interested in community dynamics and simple statistics of Openstreetmap evolution. Not that they are simple to make. A good introduction is this diary post

Related OSM accounts

(If you add this to your profile page, your HDYC-profile will show some stats for all your OSM related activity. Also, you have a profile page. Use it! How else are we supposed to know who you are?)