[Belgium] 5 new charter members

Jeff McKenna jmckenna at gatewaygeomatics.com
Thu Oct 6 13:03:34 PDT 2016

Thank you for that great introduction, Roel.  I've done some work at the 
federal level here in Canada on soils as well, using the MapServer 
stack.  In fact I setup all of their soils data in PostGIS, 15-minute 
readings going back decades, and all queried by MapServer and QGIS etc, 
they absolutely love it.  I'm next trying to convince them to use open 
tools for their sensor management, through the istSOS project (a project 
in OSGeo incubation).

I'm happy that you are a member of the OSGeo-Belgium community, and I 
look forward to sharing a beer with you soon!


On 2016-10-06 4:08 PM, Roel Huybrechts wrote:
> Dear Moritz, Jeff, all,
> Thank you for the warm welcome! Let me introduce myself a little bit.
> At work, I'm a GIS consultant for Realdolmen. At the moment I'm working
> for the Flemish government, department DOV, where we manage and publish
> all data related to the soil and the subsoil of Flanders. This ranges
> from soilmaps, geological formations, boreholes to groundwater data. We
> do so almost exclusively using OSGeo tools: PostGIS, Geoserver,
> Geonetwork and QGis to name a few.
> In my spare time I like playing around with other open-source tools (I'm
> a long time Debian user). I recently started playing around with Mapnik
> again, to produce some interesting maps of OpenStreetMap data joined
> together with Open Data from the government and historical maps of my
> hometown. Hope to share them with you soon.
> This year I had the fantastic opportunity to attend my first global
> FOSS4G conference (after attening our first Belgian FOSS4G last year)
> and speak about the tablet app I made using QGis [1]. It was a great
> experience and I loved meeting the community behind the projects I use
> on a daily basis. With this membership I'd like to become a (more
> active) part of this community, spreading the OSGeo spirit in Belgium.
> Other conferences I attended include FOSDEM [2] (I was once active in
> the Ubuntu-be/-nl teams) and more recently I helped out at State of the
> Map [3] as a volunteer. I also try to attend the Missing Maps Mapathons
> [4] of HOT (Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team), organised regularly at
> IPIS (Antwerp), MSF (Brussels) or elsewhere.
> Besided all this geekyness I love hiking in the mountains (which we do
> not have in Belgium, unfortunately), riding my bike (on flat terrain,
> which we do have, yay!), gardening and playing boardgames. Also: I
> recently bought a canoe, which will be fun!
> @Moritz: I requested an account on the wiki just now, I'll add the link
> to my page afterwards :)
> [1] Slides and video at: http://roel.huybrechts.re/
> [2] https://fosdem.org/
> [3] http://2016.stateofthemap.org/
> [4] http://www.missingmaps.org/
> Best regards and see you soon!
> Roel
> Op Ma okt 3 2016, om 14:14 schreef Jeff McKenna:
>> Welcome Julien, Arnaud, Nicolas, Christophe, and Roel! Thank you for
>> sharing the passion.
>> -jeff
>> --
>> Jeff McKenna
>> President Emeritus, OSGeo
>> http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Jeff_McKenna
>> On 2016-10-02 8:47 AM, Moritz Lennert wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>> AFAICT, noone has announced it on this list, yet, but we welcome 5 new
>>> charter members to OSGeo.be:
>>> Julien Collaer
>>> Arnaud De Groof
>>> Nicolas Durane
>>> Christophe Guisset
>>> Roel Huybrechts
>>> Congratulations and welcome to all of you !!
>>> I've added your names to the wiki page:
>>> https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/Belgium#Other_Charter_members
>>> Please modify this to link to your OSGeo user profile (if you don't have
>>> one, yet, I recommend you create one) and add (correct) whatever you
>>> think necessary.
>>> I would also recommend that each of you send a short mail to the mailing
>>> list presenting yourself.
>>> Thank you for taking your support to OSGeo.be one step further !
>>> Moritz

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