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I live in Heverlee, Belgium (and used to live in Leuven for a long time) and started mapping Leuven and its suroundings in September 2006. Feel free to help by adding some comments on the Leuven city page or stop me in the streets when I come by with my bike and GPS. ;) So far I'm the only OSM mapper in Leuven and mapping and tagging all by myself is a crappy job, any help is always appreciated.

Also interested in finding a solution for our languages problems in Belgium. Having 3 official languages doesn't make it easy to choose city names for OSM or WIKI pages. Started a discussion at Belgium project page to solve this problem.


My equipment

An i-mate SP5 Windows Mobile smartphone with GPSDash software and a Bluetooth TomTom GPS receiver.


September and October 2006

  • Started mapping and tagging Leuven but soon added Heverlee and a smaller part of Oud-Heverlee, all in Belgium. By the end of October Leuven was mapped for around 40%, Heverlee 70% and Oud-Heverlee 10%.
  • First mapping and tagging abroad, started mapping a tram line from the outskirts of Kraków till the center, Poland.

November 2006

  • My first mapping day. Trying to map as much as possible in Leefdaal, a smaller town between Leuven and Brussels (Belgium) with 2 friends and RichardH who was friendly enough to join us from Brussels.
  • Long distance mappings from Leuven (BE) to Aachen (DE), some 250km and from Leuven (BE) till Delft (NL) by car and back, some 360km.
  • Started running the Tiles@home distributed rendering client on a Debian server somewhere in Denmark to help rendering the tiles for the slippy maps.


Some minor updates around Leuven, Belgium. Mainly precising the forest boundaries.


Gave a presentation about OpenStreetMap at BarCamp Ghent. The presentation is available at SlideShare.


  • Some updates around Leuven, Belgium.
  • Started adding lit=yes tags in Belgium. Focussing on Leuven by Night at the moment.


I integrated OpenStreetMaps in my website's header. It downloads the map for my most current location from OSM, generates a grayscaled version of the map and displays it as the sites header background. A small tutorial on how to do this with Ruby on Rails can be found here.