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Welcome to Featured image proposals.

Great photos of OpenStreetMap community, maps, or artwork posted here stand a good chance of being made Featured images, giving your picture a week of infamy on the main page of the OpenStreetMap Wiki, plus eternal fame in the archives.

What kind of image?

The image must be released with an open license (including no non-commercial restriction) and...

Just a great image of one sort or another e.g.

  • Photos of people doing OpenStreetMap stuff
  • Interesting maps e.g. interesting renderings
  • Interesting screenshots of website maps
  • Interesting screenshots of other software
  • Bonus points for something in current news

We're trying for high standards but all proposals will be considered

How to propose?

How to propose?

Simply create a new section on this wiki page with your proposal.

That's the minimum and we need more people doing this. After that, you (perhaps with the help of others) can...

  • upload the image to the wiki
  • Specify open license on the image description page (Contact image "author" as necessary)
  • Embed the image in the proposal section on this page at 400px wide.
  • Write a caption describing the image, and linking any further reading. Captions should be short and use promotional language.

If you just do the first step (propose an image) others can help you with the remaining steps.

Meta stuff:

OSM Tchoutchou

OSM Tchoutchou uses the railway network of OSM. Maybe some screen capture could be interesting. --FrViPofm (talk) 22:12, 7 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the proposal! It is quite interesting, nothing really new (at least the OSM-part), though. A caption would be needed. Could you please suggest one? What is raildar.fr and what is Tchoutchou? Ah, I think I got it. Tchoutchou is the sound of trains? Funny! :-)
Oh, but... the attribution of OSM is done very bad. It is hidden behind the side bar: So, no(!), until this is fixed. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:22, 18 January 2014 (UTC) updated 22:36, 25 January 2014 (UTC)
Now the attribution is on the left side, good. It is visible now. "Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC-BY-SA" is not really correct. The data is ODbL – just the osm.org tiles are CC-BY-SA. I would also suggest not to apply an additional 0.5 opacity for the attribution line. That gets close to be unreadable.
Sadly nobody else comments here. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 18:56, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
This is a pretty old suggestion now. I wonder whether it's been superseded by other live rail displays since it came out. But maybe still a good suggestion. I had thought it was just an interesting overlay, and not much to do with OSM... but you say it uses OSM railway network data too?
MapQuest folks wrote the wiki page here: MapQuest#MapQuest-hosted map tiles and this has since been updated to tell people to mention ODbL instead. Personally I find "Imagery © Mapquest" to be quite a strange thing to write, but those are the recommendations there. See my comment here Talk:MapQuest#Credit text
-- Harry Wood (talk) 10:05, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Estate agent mash-up

Map mash-up: https://twitter.com/logiCHIP/status/423389083470024705 is it an estate agent? not sure

Would be more interesting if it wasn't using the "standard" style, but on the whole I think it's visually quite interesting, and it's quite a nice "down to earth" usage example. Would be an OK image of the week.

Somebody who speaks german could ask them if we can have an open licensed screenshot image -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:41, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

Hmm, "OK" somehow, yes, but not really overwhelming. ;-) Hence, currently *I* am not inclined to do any effort for this image. I am not at twitter in addition (and don't want to be).
It is some (internal) RFID chip-based container management/tracking solution/company/thingy (judging from the screenshot text) using Leaflet with markers (apparently using different images and marker clustering) and a search through the markers in a sidebar. Looking again at it, the search side bar with the info boxes is quite nice. As you say... the mashup does it. Don't we have something similar of a non-profit humanitarian aid organization? ;-) --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 13:58, 15 January 2014 (UTC)


Bus.meran.eu real time bus map.png

The website bus.meran.eu displays real time locations of public transport buses in the city of Meran - Merano and uses OpenStreetMap for their custom-made basemap. This could be interesting because Meran already already has some history with OSM (in 2007, they were among the first public entities to release their data as open data specifically for OSM).

The map does correctly attribute OSM as the data provider, but the tiles as well as the bus locations are not freely licensed as far as I can tell. But I'm positive that we could get this screenshot under a suitable license (If we liked to feature this, I could ask).

-- Tyr (talk) 10:46, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for proposing!
I think the OSM attribution is a bit disrespectful since it is barely readable (since it is just text on the map) - instead the map companies are well readable (background). At first I did not see the ODbL link.
Why can't they host the jquery library themselves but instead leak their user data to "don't be evil" google (ajax.googleapis.com)? … :-(
Otherwise: a nice application – similar to the french train thing. Could be featured if we have nothing better (and after it has a free license for the screenshot). However, we should only feature the French trains OR this one here as both are quite similar. Maybe with several months space between both.
If you write them an email … the answer should be from a person with the needed authority. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 19:00, 3 February 2014 (UTC)
Yes, the OSM attribution is a little bit hard to read. But it's still a beta, isn't it? Strangely, they apparently only want feedback to a very generic info@ mail address (which seems to be mainly a contact for tourists of the region!?).
Also, now I'm starting to think that it could be hard to get the screenshot under a really open licence because it features the official logos of the tourism region and other firms. Maybe something like CC-BY-SA-ND could work (would that be enough for IOTW?), or if we pixelated the respective logos…
-- Tyr (talk) 19:28, 8 February 2014 (UTC)
We (I) could simply edit out the logos, same grey colour as the background. But maybe these companies also will not like this because they want to be seen. ;-)
Oh, by the way, companies... the map is made by an external company, so possibly it still holds the needed copyrights for the map style (and not the Meran bus company). Could not that easy to get a license, but you can try it.
"ND" is not really "free" because you would not be allowed to edit anything. "The NC and ND options will make a work non-free according to the Definition of Free Cultural Works." (WP). It greatly reduces possible uses of such an image. So I would not like to have ND here. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:34, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
Well, if the image was CC-BY-SA (or similar), one could legally extract the logo(s) and create derivative works from it, for example for a logo of a competing tourism region (and I guess they wouldn't like that to happen). Or are such logos always protected by other laws (trade marks?!)? I'm not a lawyer unfortunately.
And yes, the company who makes the map is R3GIS (I have a contact who works there, so that should be less of a problem I hope).
-- Tyr (talk) 14:59, 10 February 2014 (UTC)
IANAL: Yes, usually trademark law applies too (and, AFAIK, the free CC licenses do not restrict the trademark rights). By the way: those are quite simple logos - just text - that may not be copyright eligible anyway (this depends strongly on the country … and the judge/court in the end). However, maybe a licensing a screeshot with removed logos would be the safe way if they agree. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 15:13, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Quick ideas

I can't keep doing this while I supposed to be organising my wedding. But some ideas of featured image of the week... -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:35, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

  • Tramway map made using QGIS looks nice. Not sure if we'd want to zoom in on part of it. Can't read the text if we scale the whole thing. -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:35, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
    • The whole map is not really useful, at least on the main page in 400 px height. We had File:QGIS tram lines black.png 6 weeks ago by the same user, similar line label style. Hmm, boring. ;-) Is a boring image better than nothing? I would prefer nothing. Maybe some people notice that some more work needs to be done if we want to stay with one featured, nice, awesome image a week. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 17:24, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Dublin Hack Weekend - "Hackers and mappers at the Dublin Hackspace discussing a complicated junction" - Not a great photo though. -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:35, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, Harry! I have inter-weaved my comments. Sorry for being negative. Good luck for your planning! I am also quite busy these days. :-(
Maybe we should change to schedule to image of the month if there are that few suggestions. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 17:24, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

OSM Romania

  • Points of interest in Romania Evolution 2008-2013 [1]. -- 2014-03-11T20:57:31‎ Baditaflorin
  • Points of interest added in 2013 - pie chart showing the years. [2] -- 2014-03-11T20:57:31‎ Baditaflorin
    • Some description please. What do we see? Why is this interesting? What is the license of this image? Please do not use jpeg (but png) for such graphics. jpeg looks blurry. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 23:43, 11 March 2014 (UTC)
  • Before and after pictures of Jimbolia, Romania [3] -- 2014-03-11T20:57:31‎ Baditaflorin.
Thank you for your suggestions, Baditaflorin! Please see my comments above. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 23:46, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

OSM as base map for crowd-sourced Urban Planning in Helsinki

The local government of Helsinki recently invited comments from residents about future use of land within the city, most notably new housing. The consultation gained an unprecedented 33000 comments from over 19000 residents (details need checking). The final results have been announced with a summary of the location of all suggestions from citizens overlayed on OSM. Again the status of the data (license/attribution in the overlay) is not clear. If this is suitable perhaps a member of the OSM-SU community (or at least someone who can read Finnish) could liaise with the maps creators. If this image is to be used it is best used close to the date of the announcement. SK53 (talk) 12:24, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

The OSM-attribution seems to be missing, so I wouldn't feature it as iotw. --LordOfMaps (talk) 17:24, 13 April 2014 (UTC)
Actually the blog links through to a larger image where the attribution is present (looks like a screenshot of a slippy map). In fact we get credit for "data", which makes it sound like we did the whole thing! I think we can use it ...except, as SK53 said, we don't necessarily have permission to show the overlay.
There's also a link to this PDF which has several map images (with screenshotted attribution) Would be better if we got a credits mention in the document text ("Reasonable for the medium") but it's adequate I would say. We're only the basemap after all.
In that doc there is a link to another interesting looking map: http://esimerkki1.asiatkartalle.fi which may be using OSM, but without attribution (or may not be)
-- Harry Wood (talk) 13:22, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

Children learning to use OSM at Heidelberg KinderUni

For the GIScience Blog of Heidelberg University: [4].

There are several images on the blog, and one does not show the kids faces ([5]) in case there are any concerns on this front. We would need to check with Prof. Dr. Zipf if it is OK to use any of these images.

--User:SK53 09:19, 5 April 2014

Nice. - Please check with Prof. Dr. Zipf and propose a description. --LordOfMaps (talk) 11:37, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Yeah that's a good classroom full of school kids! Second image with a bit of cropping top & bottom I reckon. -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:52, 20 April 2014 (UTC)

Giro d'Italia Start - Stage Maps

The 2014 Giro d'Italia is starting from Belfast on Friday May 9th 2014 and the first 3 stages are in Northern Ireland and Ireland. There is a dedicated site for these stages and they feature OSM based maps as viewable .pngs. There are 3 maps in total, and they look pretty nice (having been passed through Maperitive)

Stage 1 - Belfast Team Time Trial

Stage 2 - Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Belfast

Stage 3 - Armagh - Dublin

(linking as they're slightly big)

The maps are attributed cc-by-sa, but you can't have everything I suppose..

-- ManAboutCouch (talk) 18:31, 25 April 2014 (UTC)

The Giro d'Italia Maps are OSM based since a couple of years ago :-) If I recall correctly the designer wrote one time in the italian mailing list, he was using Maperitive --Sarchittuorg (talk) 14:12, 28 April 2014 (UTC)

The Last Ship

In season finale of TNT show The Last Ship (produced by Michael Bay), they use a known map. I leave this here, but I don't know if it's compatible with wiki license... http://imgur.com/Ivj76KD --Sarchittuorg (talk) 07:11, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Osm Poi age of different cities


-- User:Baditaflorin 20:39, 6 October 2014‎

I like them! Which is your favourite city? I like the look of Moscow.
Also I assume you're willing share open licensed, since you're posting this suggestion here? Best thing is if you upload an actual image on the wiki with a license
-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:55, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Also the diary entry seems to be suffering from more and more broken images there now (see comments on there) Would be good if that could be fixed before featuring it -- Harry Wood (talk) 19:36, 10 March 2015 (UTC)

Baby Onsie for that future osm contibutor from mapisart.com...

[6] [7]

User:Tripmapisart 21:48, 2 February 2015‎

Looks cute :-) The second one shows more of the map
The photo is labelled as (C) copyright all rights reserved on flickr there. Are you the photographer? You can set it as CC licensed on flickr or upload a copy of your photo to this wiki.
We need permission from the photographer, and I guess in this case we'd want to know that the photographer is also a parent giving permission for this photo to be shared widely as image of the week. Are you the kid's parent?
-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:12, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Current Status of 3D Mapping in New York


3D Rendering of OpenStreetMap data in New York City. Many buildings already with height info, complex roof and facade shapes. --Aschilli (talk) 15:54, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Looks good. Is that a new Android app I'm seeing? --Tordanik 00:18, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
No, it's OSG-Maps, but tweaked a bit to see more buildings. Screenshot from Android emulator. --Aschilli (talk) 18:14, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
New york 3D buildings is awesome data (would be more awesome if had been done by real mappers, but hey) And I've seen quite a few different 3D renderings of this data already. As such I'd be more inclined to promote an open source tool over and above this paid-for android app. That's not a hard and fast rule. I'm just saying there's a lot of alternatives we could be featuring -- Harry Wood (talk) 19:31, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
Harry, I think it is only the building outlines that were imported. The 3D data is mapped by real mappers. I remember seeing a discussion about this where the guy from the NYC GIS department was complaining that people were messing around the outlines but it turned out that they were only adding 3D data. —seav (talk) 00:06, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Disneyland 60th

Disneyland in Anaheim, California will be celebrating it's Sixtieth Diamond Anniversary on July 17th, 2015. Here is its map of the resort: http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/33.81222/-117.91880

(resort map is updated daily, any image should be updated just prior to posting)

-- User:BrianatBrea 20:03 PDT, 12 March 2015

Great bit of detailed mapping isn't it? I've a feeling we may have featured it before though at some point in the past. Anyone remember? We might have delve through the archives to check -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:43, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

I hope that it gets posted either July 13 or 20th the Mondays before or after the anniversary date. -- User:BrianatBrea 07:33 PDT, 13 March 2015
I agree that synchronizing this with the anniversary would be interesting. At Wikipedia, they always do that with their daily featured articles. While such a synchronization wouldn't work for most of our featured images, it would be neat in this instance.
As for whether it has been posted before, I'm not sure. --Tordanik 01:47, 20 March 2015 (UTC)
We could create the Jul-Aug 2015 page now and book a week in advance, which could also work for other topical images (though with the rate the map gets updated three months in advance is perhaps rather unusual).
I can't see it used as a previous Featured Image, but Disneyworld Florida is marked on BestOfOSM if you were thinking of that? --EdLoach (talk) 10:12, 13 April 2015 (UTC)
Ah yeah. I probably was thinking of bestofOSM. Also... Walt Disney World vs Disneyland ... well I never :-) -- Harry Wood (talk) 21:31, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

So there's the above map at "native" resolution. Below I've captured one and scaled it down slightly, which allows us to cram in even more detail :


Caption: " Disneyland in California is celebrating it's 60th anniversary this week. Kiosks, gardens and the routes of the roller-coasters, have all been mapped in glorious detail here on OpenStreetMap "

So we're planning to schedule this for the week after next

-- Harry Wood (talk) 21:31, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

I have been having a problem on Map Zoom level 19 on the OSM Standard Map. I have deleted a construction area over a month ago for Peter Pan's flight but the map still shows it. If you go to edit the map the data shows there is not construction in the area. Trying to get the problem fix before the image is featured. -- User:BrianatBrea 22:30 PDT, 5 July 2015

3D Terrain Models from Paper


I use blade cutter machine, Maperitive, few Ruby scripts and Mapquest elevation API to create terrain models from paper. The source codes along with description and SVG file for cutting are published on my blog.

-- Peter.vojtek 10:09, 28 April 2015‎

These are pretty neat. But they use terrain data, not OpenStreetMap right? -- Harry Wood (talk) 02:29, 31 May 2015 (UTC)


open source bicycle sharing using OSM: OpenSourceBikeShare or whitebikes

Retail POI Data Marimekko diagram

Europe retail marimekko.png

An idea for a caption:

" User:SK53 has been investigating retail POI data, looking at the stats by country, and plotting this in a variety of ways. Read more on his blog post. This "Marimekko" diagram shows different retail types (shop tags) in different European countries. ""

-- Harry Wood (talk) 20:32, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Bendy roads visualisation

Bendy roads visualisation.png

Saw a tweet with this neat thing. Explanation.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 23:15, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Interesting picture and description. A little suggestion: if we put this up for next week right now along with Disneyland for the week after (13th to 19th), would we get descriptions in more languages?--Andrew (talk) 17:20, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Yeah good idea.
So suggesting a caption for this one:
" Rory McCann analysed OpenStreetMap data to create this visualisation which answers the question "Where in the world has the straightest roads?" "
-- Harry Wood (talk) 21:39, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Alright! Scheduled in:` Featured Images/Jul-Sep 2015#Details and captions and ready for translations -- Harry Wood (talk) 21:46, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

A wallet with the map of Bremen by OSM

A wallet with the map of Bremen by OSM.jpg

Saw this wallet recently in the airport of Bremen. The map is attributed, although using the old licence. Manufacturer: http://gerdkoch.de/ Kachkaev (talk) 17:08, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Equipo de mapeadores en el Parque del Retiro de Madrid.

Mapping Party en el parque del Retiro de Madrid.jpg

Equipo de mapeadores en el Parque del Retiro de Madrid.