Featured image proposals

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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 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)
Quite liked the top two suggestions. But this is old now. -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:57, 20 September 2015 (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)
Old now. I think we're saying "No" to this suggestion anyway due to license problems. -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:53, 20 September 2015 (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)
Old now. I guess nobody asked Dr, Zipf -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:58, 20 September 2015 (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)
Old now. I guess this event happened back in May -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:59, 20 September 2015 (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)

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

State Of The Map Taiwan

Looking at the flickr stream today my eye skipped over the photos of SOTM Taiwan ( http://sotm.tw ) because I thought they were just the slightly older SOTM Latam pictures. Oopse. Sorry about that. We should line up a SOTM Taiwan picture for next week. Maybe a montage. Anyone want to have a go at doing that -- Harry Wood (talk) 16:36, 21 September 2015 (UTC)

I should've asked somebody to do it in advance because now it's Monday and I just know that the fastest way to do it now is to do it myself...

So here we go. I've made a montage:

SOTM Taiwan 2015.jpg

Caption State Of The Map Taiwan took place in Taipei

Note sure what else to say about it

Someone should create a State Of The Map Taiwan 2015 wiki page

-- Harry Wood (talk) 09:50, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

WOW!Great to see SOTM Taiwan photo last week on the Featured image! Supaplex (talk) 10:47, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Not last week. This week. I just put it as featured image today. So you were at this conference hey Supaplex? What d'you think about creating a State Of The Map Taiwan 2015 wiki page? Would be nice to be able link it from the main lists on State Of The Map. -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:53, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Dense Bangladesh mapping


-- Harry Wood (talk) 16:57, 24 September 2015 (UTC)

SOTM Catalonia

SOTM Catolonia 2015.jpg

Caption "SOTM Catalonia conference took place in Barcelona last week, with talks such as this one on public transport mapping"

-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:21, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

SOTM Scotland drone group photo

SOTM Scotland 2015 drone group photo.png

Caption "State of the Map Scotland 2015 took place this weekend and included some outdoor activities such as this UAV group photo."

Some other nice SOTM Scotland pics by Chris Fleming

-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:41, 4 October 2015 (UTC)

I thought I'd feature the SOTM Catalonia picture first because A) Ed Freyfogle responded more quickly last night with the suggestion in the first place and the permissions and hi-res image, although, if it was a race, it was quite close. B) This image is cool, but it doesn't quite capture the SOTM Scotland conference itself, so I was pondering whether it could be mashed together in a montage with some other pics.
So I'll either feature this image next week, or (if I get time, and if some more good pics show up on the flickr stream with a suitable license) I'll create a montage. ...or of course someone could always do this for me!
-- Harry Wood (talk) 11:22, 5 October 2015 (UTC)