joost schouppe

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


Addicted mapper, or so they say.

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

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. Since December 2015, I started setting up / co-organizing Missing Maps Mapathons.

As a mapper mostly interested in making the map rough-and-ready for basic navigation - I mostly trace new roads and footways. But also interested in fixing up borders, fixing Notes as a way to learn new things, road quality and hiking.

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 waypoints, 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.

Also interested in community dynamics and simple statistics of Openstreetmap evolution. A good introduction is this diary post (but I've been writing about it for quite some time, 1, 2, 3, 4)

Active member of the Belgian OSM community.

@joostjakob on Twitter and Reddit.

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