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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)

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

OpenStreetMap-3D-NY-OSG-Maps.jpg Screenshot 2015-08-27-22-35-49.png

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)
Another way to view the data is http://osmbuildings.org/?lat=40.75155&lon=-73.97323&zoom=18 Very intricate 3D data across the whole of Manhatten. If this was Germany maybe, but nobody in the US is dedicated to local mapping enough to survey and input that kind of data. Very obviously imported. Yes I also recall a discussion about how to deal with subsequent community edits, but this was all imported. And we can see in this attribute mapping definition that height is one of the fields they've imported.
...but we're off on a tangent slightly. The main thing is, if we've got one opportunity to do a featured image of New York 3D data (which is awesome even though it's imported) ...could we somehow produce a nice open source rendered image of it? Maybe the answer is no. This android app has produced a pretty nice image
-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:55, 17 July 2015 (UTC)
I still disagree on the assertion of an import. The imported height data is for the building outline as a whole. But the actual 3D details (this small part has this height, with this wall color, roof color, roof type; that other part has this height, etc.) were not imported. For example, the data for this sloping part of the One World Trade Center was not imported. This small spire of the Woolworth Building does not appear to be imported as well. I highly doubt that the NYCDOITT actually had data for individual 3D building parts in a format that matches the OSM 3D building schema. If they do have 3D building models, then they would have been in a proper 3D file format, not the crude pseudo-3D OSM schema that is used. —seav (talk) 18:21, 29 July 2015 (UTC)
This is kind of an interesting thing to discuss. Not very pertinent to whether we feature the image or not. But I would be interested to know more details of how the New York buildings data got put in. I'll stand by a basic assertion that "most of what you see in this image is imported data". After all, a lot of it is just extruded building heights actually (across large areas of more low-lying buildings) Now obviously there's some bits of sloped roof type decorations which have been added by people looking at the data and fiddling with it by hand, for more distinctive bits of the skylines. I have no doubt that's true too. Interesting question then... in between these two extremes, we've got buildings like this one with color set, and quite a intricate roof shape. Where's this data coming from? Its still just extruded, but using lots of building:part ways e.g. http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/314258820 Sampling a few similar building details, it looks like these were all added by user robgeb. ...A german guy! ...well now this changes things. If there's a german mapper involved, these might have all been done by hand :-) -- Harry Wood (talk) 12:57, 27 August 2015 (UTC)
About 2 years ago I did some of the 3D buildings myself, e.g. http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/214788068 http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/214791744 http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/213879001 http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/213853443 http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/213842483 http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/213924957 by adding roof details to the already available groundplans, adding parts and adjusting heights by hand. At this time there were very few buildings with details and the landmarks were barely recongnizable. Some dedicated people (probably not locals...) countinued on improving the NYC dataset. For me it took a lot of time for getting just one building right, so I skipped this work. What you see is definitely not a mass import but evolved over time. I am not sure about the tools that were used (I used JOSM with 3D preview plugin), but on the other hand I am not aware of any converter that can create the structure that is need for 3D OSM. Yes, quite a lot of buildings between midtown and downtown areas have not been touched yet after the initial batch import probably because its not very rewarding to model them in comparison to the shiny skyscrapers. But batch importing or conversion is not what I would regard as 3D mapping anyway. --Aschilli (talk) 20:32, 27 August 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

Mappers before start Maping Party in El Retiro Park of Madrid

Mapping Party en el parque del Retiro de Madrid.jpg

Equipo de mapeadores en el Parque del Retiro de Madrid. 27 de junio 2015.

-- User:Johna Rupire 14:03, 8 July 2015‎

Great photo! I've added this to the Madrid page too, but that could be explained more on there. Any plans for upcoming events or contacts to organise the next event. Good to include that kind of thing on the wiki page.
Also for the caption... So this was a mapping party in the park "Parque del Retiro". Anything else we can say about it? Was organised by "Voluntarios Telefonica"? (reading the T-shirts) Looks like we could do with a spanish/english speaker to help write the caption and describe what's going on here
-- Harry Wood (talk) 10:44, 9 July 2015 (UTC)
Hi Harry,
these activitys was organized by educando.coop with participation of volunteers from telefónica. I just share with they my experience in osm world and mapping parties :). The activity's goal was improve the OSM data about historical monuments and some botanical targets.
In the picture, volunteers before start a mapping party in El Retiro park at Madrid. They used a @fieldpapers maps to up data trough josm.
Here some more pictures:
with fielpapers and
talking about osm and how to map with it.
--Johna Rupire (talk) 17:03, 22 July 2015 (UTC)
OK I guess I'll attempt a caption then
"A mapping party in Parque del Retiro in Madrid, adding details of historical monuments and botanical targets to the map"
--Harry Wood (talk) 12:29, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Perfect! thanks!
--Johna Rupire (talk) 23:19, 10 August 2015 (UTC)

London traffic maps

Nice "real world" use of OSM data to campaign on London traffic issues: https://twitter.com/OSMLondon/status/624157172495196160

Need to ask permission (unlikely to be a problem), and choose a patch of map to upload. Try to scale the key accordingly

-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:42, 28 July 2015 (UTC)