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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:

Requests for images

If you know of or can create one of the following images, please add it to this page, or add a link to the talk page:

Suggestions without images

Indian Railways Network Connectivity Map

Railway network connectivity map of the populated regions of India.

"Indian Railways Network Connectivity Map with cities and population density"

It's in my eyes also a very nice, interesting map. --Kolossos (talk) 13:46, 31 May 2013 (UTC)

Image mentions (in small print) that it is OSM data, but the info on the page doesn't ... ---Aseerel4c26 (talk) 00:55, 2 June 2013 (UTC)
Another (perhaps minor) disadvantage is that we've already featured a lot of awesome map images by User:Planemad. -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:54, 3 June 2013 (UTC)
I've no concerns with the license and so I would like to feature this nice map as iotw. --LordOfMaps (talk) 14:19, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
This is a bad example of OSM attribution. You really have "no concerns"? Do you think we should not take our own license for real? However, do it. Not the first image with license issues. It does not get better by just ignoring! Sorry for having a look here again... ;-) --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 23:46, 18 May 2014 (UTC)
In my eyes it isn't a perfect attribution, but it is an attribution including the author (Openstreetmap Project) and the license (cc-by-sa), so it should be OK. And I take our own license for real. --LordOfMaps (talk) 12:24, 19 May 2014 (UTC)

Mini map printing

This is a neat thing my friend did: http://gofreerange.com/hello-printer , including this nice image http://gofreerange.com/images/printer/18-maps.JPG TODO: I need ask him about open licensing the image and whether he's worked on it lately. (remind for myself) -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:44, 3 June 2013 (UTC)

That's geeky! Like the description of the hack - and the mini map, of course. Where is the OSM attribution on the map? ;-) Behind the fingers probably... --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 15:28, 12 June 2013 (UTC)

Shopping mall details in Russia


We didn't do a map example featured image in a while. In fact I've argued against promoting mega-detail in the past, but I quite like this bit of indoor shopping mall detail. Good on-the-ground surveying work, and not too imbalanced, in that the rest of the city is quite detailed too! -- Harry Wood (talk) 15:47, 21 June 2013 (UTC)

I have a bit of a problem with it because I would like featured map images to also serve as examples for good tagging (so no particle accelerators mapped as major highway), and I'm not sure this really meets these criteria. It's a bit difficult to judge because there are so many alternative suggestions and some experimental implementations around, but that example doesn't seem to make an attempt to follow any documented practice - it uses barrier tags to get visible room outlines in Mapnik and that's mostly it. However, it may very well be that I just don't remember that particular proposal among all the candidates. --Tordanik 19:44, 21 June 2013 (UTC)
Ah right hmm. D'you know if all the different proposals listed at Indoor#Tagging proposals?
I never got involved in any indoor mapping tagging discussions because I sort of feel like indoor mapping is too much detail (I'm generally against insane levels of detail) but a good counter argument is that a "find my nearest" app (desirable OSM use case I would say) would need every shop in a shopping mall mapped out at least as nodes.
Another good counter-argument is that these patches make for fun featured images :-) ...maybe not this patch though. Anyone have other suggestions for good looking bits of map?
--Harry Wood (talk) 10:51, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

OSMBuildings in a sketch style

OSMBuildings sketch style.png

Spotted this on reddit. Suggested caption:

OSMBuildings is an open source 3D buildings display engine for web maps. Here we see the buildings in a new 'sketch' style creating a cartoon graphical effect. See this as a dynamic 3D map

-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:05, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Nice! Where did you find the "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License"? By the way: isn't an OSM attribution missing on the slippy map? Are the mapbox tiles (used in the image) freely licensed? I only saw that they are copyrighted (details in their TOS). --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:59, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
Well it's all OpenStreetMap data we're looking at, therefore I presume I'm entitled to share this image on the wiki CCBYSA, but yeah it's good point. For some reason I hadn't noticed that the OSMBuildings.org website is pretty poor at giving credit to OpenStreetMap. Maybe because it had OSM in the name I was assuming we were credited. But now I've emailed the developer suggesting improved credit text. -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:29, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
At the image license here: not everything is OSM data - the styles (mapbox's tiles and the drawing style buildings) are not. The ODbL only applies to the data in a "produced work" (and I think a map is a "produced work"). Due to ODbL section 4.3 (produced work) section 4.2 (notices) does not apply and so section 4.4 (share alike) does not apply. Maybe I have misunderstood the ODbL here, I am happy get to know better. :-)
At the attribution on the OSMBuildings site: thank you! --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:55, 22 July 2013 (UTC)
Also see #Reallife Openstreetmap Wallpaper regarding mapbox's tile licensing. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 00:46, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Christchurch MetroInfo

Christchurch NZ metro bus map with overlay of routes, stops and realtime bus info.

[| png image 330kB]

--EliotB (talk) 19:32, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Thanks! Where is this service? URL? Is the bus route data free?
The map shows ©2011 - a bit old, isn't it? ;-) --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 21:03, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Festival della Scienza 2013

Today ends the "Festival della Scienza" (Science festival) in Genoa (Italy), a week of conferences, expositions and various events in different parts of the city. An article I saw today says there were more than 200.000 visitors. The OSM related thing is the map that was attached to the schedule booklet, that was using OSM properly credited. Here's the pdf http://www.festivalscienza.it/site/home/programma/documento10005373.html from this page http://www.festivalscienza.it/site/home/programma.html I forgot to take pictures of the ticket shop which had the map on the glass windows, but I saw some tourists in the historical centre with the OSM map in hand. I would be glad to see it as IotW for this week, considering that most of the buildings were imported and fixed by me this summer during lunch time :-) --Sarchittuorg (talk) 16:37, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the proposal! :-) Great that our maps are used!
1. However, regarding OSM attribution: I think it is not correct (still much better than nothing!). It only says "fonte dati mappa: www.openstreetmap.org". It does not link/mention the http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright page OR mention the licenses.
2. Also, we should not use the map image, in my opinion, because the map is not freely licensed. With "map" I mean the map as it is depicted - with all the information / POIs on top.
So: for the first issue the question is if that is really not sufficient. And if we want to feature a insufficient attribution. For the second issue the creators of the map would have to be asked to freely license (cc-by-sa 2.0 required here, like the map tiles) the POI data. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 16:56, 3 November 2013 (UTC) correct a word, add numbers 13:18, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, consider it was printed out on paper I think it was at least satisfying to have a kind of attribution :-) I'll ask via email to the press office for permission and make note of your point! --Sarchittuorg (talk) 17:14, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
Commenting my own comment: It is a very grey copyright situation here (in both sides: in our own OpenStreetMap atribution and in using the made alterations). I have asked Sarchittuorg via mail: nothing heard back, no news from the festival people. And from a content point of view: the map style and application is nothing unusual, exceptional (also see e.g. #Ballonmap_with_OpenLayers). So I would suggest to delete this section here. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 13:18, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Of course this map isn't is something extraordinary, but it shows the multifaceted ways of using OSM-Maps. So in my opinion from the content it's a iotw-candiate. --LordOfMaps (talk) 15:27, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, okay, at least when we have nothing else – like now. ;-) And what do you think about the attribution/rights issues? --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 16:42, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
I would rate the attribution as OK. (It's not done perfectly, but OSM is named and www.openstreetmap.org links to the license) But before featuring the author have to agree to cc-by-sa-license. --LordOfMaps (talk) 16:59, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! Well, it is a attribution somehow, but "/copyright" or "ODbL" is missing. I do not regard the current attribution as ODbL-compliant use (section 4.3). Just mentioning www.openstreetmap.org seems to be too indirect for me. It does not make a viewing person aware that there my be license information. Just you know that there is license information. Advising/allowing(?) on our /copyright page to just link to this page instead of requiring the mention of "ODbL" is already a relaxation. And since I would like featured images to set examples this excludes this image from being featured – unless we want to weaken our own license.
Regarding cc-by-sa: The interesting part is (due to "sa"): if the author does not agree then his use of the mapnik tiles (looks like, at least) is a violation of the tiles' cc-by-sa license. Or is derived content then automatically also cc-by-sa licensed? I do not think so. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 17:23, 28 January 2014 (UTC)
Well, I posted it here not because it was a "special" use, but because it was an usage with a potentially broad reach (as I said in OP, 200k visitors and people passing near locations)... As regards for permission, imho it's fair use, as when you extract a newspaper article because it talks about you. --Sarchittuorg (talk) 17:41, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Ballonmap with OpenLayers

de = Eine Bürgeriniative gegen Atommüll in einem Braunschweiger Wohngebiet nutzt OSM und OpenLayers zur Visualiserung einer Luftballon-Aktion. Die Ballonwolke, die man in der Karte sieht, symbolisiert die mögliche Ausbreitung der Radioaktivität bei einem Unfall.

en = A citizens' initiative against nuclear waste in a residential area uses OSM and OpenLayers for the visualisation of a ballon-action. The ballon-cloud, visible in the map, symbolises the spreading of radioactivity in case of an accident.

Screenshot from: http://www.atomalarm2013.de/doku.php?id=luftballonaktion
Baselayer: mapnik
The author allowed the usage in the wiki. The author agreed to a free license of his work.

Proposed as itow. --Bma (talk) 17:03, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for the proposal (with those already translated captions which we will put on the file page in any case), Bma! Three issues:
  • I am not that much impressed by "just" an OpenLayers map with the standard mapnik layer and some bitmap markers (however it is still great that OSM is used!; also see).
  • Second, the image should be freely licensed (for everyone, not just for the wiki)­ – however, this can be easily fixed: the mapnik tiles are cc-by-sa 2.0 anyway and the icons and those few markers may not be protected (a free license statement by the author would be good).
  • Third, admittedly I have a bit stomach-ache featuring such a political topic which does a (at least scientifically) doubtful comparison of radioactive fallout and balloon landing locations (that does not mean that I am against this project). Next week we feature a map of bird deaths by wind energy (just an illustrative example)? I mean, it is hard to find the right balance of promoting those quite political opinions then.
I am personally sorry for rather downvoting your proposal. I'd like to hear others' opinions. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 21:38, 10 December 2013 (UTC)
The author agreed to a free license of his work. And of course it was rather an symbolic action than a scientifical experiment. --Bma (talk) 17:51, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you for your response, still, a license is missing at File:Ballon_map_v1.png#Licensing. I think the only possible license for the whole is the same license which the basemap is licensed under (due to its "share alike" requirement). So, the author should release his work under "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License" (auf Deutsch) if possible.
And who is the author of the balloon map? On the source website I cannot find a license info, but on the opposite I find e.g. "Downloads und Kopien dieser Seite sind nur für den privaten, nicht kommerziellen Gebrauch gestattet." at [10]. This is nearly the opposite of a free license. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 19:53, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
The author agreed to a "Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 License". (Changed on the file-page.) --Bma (talk) 11:37, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you, but where can I see this? The website still has the same (opposite) copyright statements, if I see correctly. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:47, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
You wanted to hear others' opinions: I have no problem with the image. I would feature it as itow. It is a good example for the multifaceted using-possibilities of OSM.--LordOfMaps (talk) 12:55, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
Thank you. Yes, it is a a good example (still a quite random one - see "first"). As said, it is issue of neutrality or not. However, many iotw are "adverts" in some form (the only difference is that here it is a quite political/opinion advert – somehow). Good, old Harry, please "decide" or comment! ;-) --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:47, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
Due to the fact that there is no iotw for week 52 and that this is the best current proposal, I would feature this image today. --LordOfMaps (talk) 09:17, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Main problem with the image is, it's a very straightforward use of the 'standard' map style. It would seem like the only reason for making it image of the week is not because the image itself is particularly interesting, but because we're promoting this anti-nuclear project. If it was a more interesting map e.g. using some heatmap technology or at least a custom style... then it makes it less about promoting, and more about showing an interesting image. I think it's just an "OK" image. Keep it as a proposal in case we're desperate -- Harry Wood (talk) 18:06, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
...but also why don't you use a custom style? :-) You could make your radiation map more interesting to look at with a some CloudMade editor style for example -- Harry Wood (talk) 00:30, 31 December 2013 (UTC)

Geospatial Content award (reviewing 2013)

http://blog.openstreetmap.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mail-bijlage-300x225.jpeg or http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7353/9734933941_c1eff784f7_z.jpg

OpenStreetMap was awarded the Geospatial Content Company of the Year 2012 award by Geospatial World. At State of the Map the trophy was sent on a world tour around the OSM community. Andrew (talk) 16:12, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you also for this proposal, Andrew! :-) The trophy photo is very small and the object not really recognizable. Not that good.
For the second image: it is not really clear what it is about - just two people on a conference speaking, also not that good. However, well, the caption could make it clear. However, would both images be freely licensed by their photographers (you did not provide links to description pages)? Oh, although we should also respect the copyright of the award sculpture designer - a freely licensed sculpture? --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:27, 21 December 2013 (UTC)

The Spanish gendarmerie using OpenStreetMap in the maritime border control

In Spain the Civil Guard uses OpenStreetMap in its Coordination Centre for the Maritime Surveillance of Coasts and Borders, as you can see in this report broadcast by the main news program on national television, TVE. This Operations Centre of Spanish gendarmerie is also part of European Surveillance System (EUROSUR) of Frontex.
http://www.rtve.es/v/2269467/ (min 9:05)
--Tony Rotondas (talk) 20:57, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

The screenshot image is pretty cool. I like it.
There's a legal problem though. I think Wikipedia would use something like this on an article under fair use laws, but that's quite restrictive actually. The image can be used "for reporting" where no suitable substitute is available... and other such weird rules. The idea of being quite strict with image of the week licensing, would be to make the full set of images quite nicely reusable. I think this doesn't meet that criteria, unless (unlikely) you can get permission from the TV studio to publish the image with an open license.
...but what we can do is spread the image via other channels. For example we could tweet it or facebook it.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 00:01, 31 December 2013 (UTC)
Ok, that's what I was afraid of. A curious fact in the gallery of images from the website of the Frontex we can see screenshots with OSM mapping. Supposedly, because no credit is given in the map viewer... --Tony Rotondas (talk) 09:14, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! Nice images, yes! nearly fully copyrighted, though. A license (for everybody, not only for OSM) from the photographer would be needed. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 01:34, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

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)

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)

Reallife Openstreetmap Wallpaper

A reallife OpenStreetMap wallpaper with clothes hooks on top

I made a reallife Openstreetmap wallpaper for my vestibule. I used a the MapBox Pencil style as starting point to make this wallpaper. The process is described [on my blog]. You can use the flickr photo I uploaded here, or any of the photos in the blog post. They are all CC-BY-SA.

Thanks to [Harry Wood] for pointing me towards this wiki.

--flowolf 14:46, 22 Jan 2014 (UTC)

Wow, that's a cool project. I'm in favour of featuring this! :) --Tordanik 16:05, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Great! I'm pretty sure that this will be the next iotw. Why not feature it for the next week today? --LordOfMaps (talk) 16:52, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
Nice!!! Lord: Gogogo! ;-) Some stuff needs to be done until it is fine (I guess you know my suggested process and hints here). E.g. OSM attribution is missing (at least on the file page but if possible it should also be on flickr/blog, of course). --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:26, 22 January 2014 (UTC)
I added a link to the Openstreetmap licence on all pages. hth --flowolf 07:36, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes, that's good, thank you. Do you know by chance if the mapbox pencil tiles (you used them, right?) are freely licensed? I could not find anything and the TOS are quite restrictive. I guess they will have no problem to freely license this single photo, but one has to ask in this case. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 21:40, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Well the pencil tiles just another raster tile set from Mapbox (not really to do with vector tiles). For mapbox tiles the general rule is "copyright Mapbox" (as a "produced work") which I suppose means we're not allowed to use anything from them for a featured image, without asking. Becomes a bit flimsy when it's a photo of a printout, but it is an issue. This was also the problem with the OSMBuildings proposal above.
Specifically we need to ask them if we can open license the image we're using for image of the week (because we're sticking to the rule, open licensed images only) I guess we could ask them to grant us blanket permission to open license any image feature a bit of mapbox map which we're using for image of the week.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:24, 23 January 2014 (UTC)
Good, thank you! When that issue here is solved and clarified this info needs to be incorporated into Mapbox (TODO).
I guess they will not have a problem with granting such a license. A blanket license may be legally a bit doubtful as anybody here could "feature" a image here, and so scraping of their tiles. Or, hey, we use bigmap and... stop. ;-) Just joking.
Yes, one could argue that the specifics of Mapbox's style are not visible in that photo but that is quite unsafe.
Anyway, I think we need a license from them.
A side note: I am not happy about those not-in-any-fucking-way freely licensed map tiles. Makes me think about if I really would like to feature such tiles … having thought about it one more day: it is great that they use OSM and advertising OSM by this in their products. But I would wish they would play the using-free-content game nicer. Featuring this reallife wallpaper with the unfree tiles is fine for me (if we get a license for the tile use in this photo, of course). --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 22:56, 23 January 2014 (UTC), update: 22:44, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
I chatted to Alex Barth of Mapbox about this. He was distracted another issue with this image. Although he loves the image and the wallpaper use, he wasn't happy with the blog post which encourages scraping their tile servers, in breach of the Mapbox Terms of Use... and in fact he wasn't happy with this being a featured image for that reason. He said he was going to contact flowolf to suggest some changes to the blog post.
But I did also talk to him about copyrights. He wasn't comfortable with blanket permission, but he said he's fine legally speaking with the use of this image for image of the week, indeed it didn't feel it is a significant form of copying to invoke any kind of copyright anyway. I asked him to state this in the discussion here, for clarity in relation to this image, and also for the OSMBuildings image above, and suggested he or somebody from Mapbox could proactively join in and do this any future images we'd like to use (be clear that we're allowed to open license the images on a case-by-case basis)
...waiting for him, or somebody from Mapbox to do this.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:21, 29 January 2014 (UTC)
note: This is now already "featured" in the Wochennotiz weekly blog post: WN 184. --Aseerel4c26 (talk) 02:52, 2 February 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 [11]. -- 2014-03-11T20:57:31‎ Baditaflorin
  • Points of interest added in 2013 - pie chart showing the years. [12] -- 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 [13] -- 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)

Big US Roundabout


Caption: "Big, for the US, roundabout. US drivers are not accustomed to roundabouts, let alone these big roundabouts.

Glassman (talk) 22:10, 22 March 2014 (UTC)

Not sure I see the significance of this. Is it true that US drivers are not accustomed to roundabouts? Is this is a famous junction in the US? (found it here on the map) -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:48, 11 August 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: [14].

There are several images on the blog, and one does not show the kids faces ([15]) 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)

Zedler-Preis (Zedler-Award?) for HOT

The HOT was awarded the Zedler-Preis 2014. link
Is there photo suitable as iotw? --LordOfMaps (talk) 09:18, 2 June 2014 (UTC)

I guess there was a photo somewhere. Ah well. Old news now -- Harry Wood (talk) 05:44, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

Map drawn by Haitian children during awareness event in Port au Prince

Map of their neighborhood drawn by students from the Institution Mixte de l'Avenir Port-au-Prince during an awareness on mapping and OpenStreetMap training, organized by COSMHA with the support of CartONG (during the UAV-HAITI project), June 2, 2014. Picture released under CC BY-NC licence (non commercial use only). https://dl.cartong.org/data/public/827e8d.php?lang=en

I can't see the image any more at that URL. Was it removed?
Also... We're avoiding NC. A non commercial restriction makes the work incompatible with our growing body of free content. Reason number one in the list of reasons not to use a Non-Commercial license.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:30, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Mapping Party in SPb

Two photos by User:GaM: [16] The party was held last Saturday (12.07) in the centre of Saint-Petersburg. We are still processing walking papers, so no "before & after" yet.

-- User:Zverik 10:14, 14 July 2014‎

Yes it's probably about time we had another event photo with people in it. I like it. (Come to think of it I got some nice sunny London mapping photos recently) Does the photographer release it with an open license? Easiest thing is if they do the wiki upload with the license stated. Oh and the landscape oriented photo will work better generally -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:32, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Lesotho mapathon

Lesotho Mapathon also happened last week. There's this photo already on the wiki:

Lesotho mappers.jpg

-- Harry Wood (talk) 09:18, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

3D glasses map

By Christian Quest: https://twitter.com/1jour1carte/status/505029025459634176 looks kinda zany! Would make a good one. I wonder if they'll be an english translation of the info about it. -- Harry Wood (talk) 12:17, 29 August 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)

"Tatort" (German crime television series)

In the episode "Winternebel" (broadcasted on Oct 5th, 2014) the investigators in many different moments use OSM Maps in various forms: A big map on a board, a map shown on a tablet and a folder with one page maps extracted from OSM. I have made good screenshots which (at least according to German law) could be used as picture citations, but certainly not under CC-SA. Maybe I should ask the copyright holder, or what else could be done to give a bit of publicity to this way OSM data has been used? ... ----Hatzfeld (talk) 07:43, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Hmm yeah I guess it's a similar situation to the nice story of #The Spanish gendarmerie using OpenStreetMap in the maritime border control. We can use images from that under a sort of "fair use rationale", but maybe for Image of the week we should try to be more properly open licensed. -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:45, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

Here are the images. Today I have got the permission to publish them in this wiki, with the copyright note "Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR.

"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
"Tatort: Winternebel" mit Klara Blum (Eva Mattes), © SWR
----Hatzfeld (talk) 21:07, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Osm Poi age of different cities


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

OSM in Ecuador

Hackem OSM EC.png

Primera Reunión en Quito para fortalecer la Comunidad OpenStreetMap Ecuador, busca promover y difundir el uso de datos geográficos libres en el país. El encuentro fue organizado por La Comunidad de Software Libre y Seguridad Informática Hackem en la Escuela Politécnica Nacional.

First Meeting in Quito to strengthen Ecuador OpenStreetMap Community to promote and disseminate the use of free geographic data in the country. The meeting was organized by the Community of Free Software and Computer Security Hackem in the "Escuela Politécnica Nacional"

Ein erstes OSM-Treffen, organisiert von der "Comunidad de Software Libre y Seguridad Informática Hackem" in Quito, Ecuador, in der "Escuela Politécnica Nacional" (Fachhochschule) zur Förderung und Verbreitung der Verwendung von freien Geodaten in Ecuador.

User:Fredao - 13:22, 22 October 2014‎

OK looks good. Just tweaking the caption slightly
"A first meeting in Quito, Ecuador to strengthen the Ecuadorian OpenStreetMap Community and to promote and disseminate the use of free geographic data in the country. The meeting was organized by the Community of Free Software and Computer Security Hackem in the "Escuela Politécnica Nacional" "
Guess I can paste in those translations too
-- Harry Wood (talk) 02:22, 3 November 2014 (UTC)
Featured (2014-45)

Costa cruise using OSM to show their ships' journey

On Costa cruises, passengers can visualize the progress of the ships on many screens (inside the cabin, on interactive screens...). Costa is using OSM and attributions are clearly visible to anyone curious enough.

Costa Cruise OSM.jpg

-- User:Fmorel 17:36, 1 November 2014‎

Nice! I guess it might be better if you could somehow show this was onboard a ship with the photo (get a view out of the window in the same shot) ...then again maybe not. It's a pretty good image, and a great story -- Harry Wood (talk) 05:51, 16 November 2014 (UTC)

New Ebola Response Map and OSM contributor analysis from Pascal Neis

Ebola 2014 Response Map.png
Thanks to the more than 2,000 mappers who made more than 10,000,000 map-changes in the ebola area since march! The changes are visualized on a map from Pascal Neis. In a blog post he presents more information about the involved contributors.
See the current HOT tasks.
--LordOfMaps (talk) 22:44, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Yep. Like it. That's good to go, as far as I can see -- Harry Wood (talk) 05:42, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
--EdLoach (talk) 10:49, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

State Of The Map 2014

It doesn’t necessarily have to be the group photo.--Andrew (talk) 21:19, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Yeah I did ask the official photographer to send me the group photo as a priority ...but too slow.
Now I have some decent internet I've finally upload my photos to flickr, so I've just made a montage of some good ones:
SoTM 2014 Montage.jpg
-- Harry Wood (talk) 15:00, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Featured (2014-46)

Missing Maps launch party

Two opportunities for a topical picture at once. I’m willing to put something up if peoplearebusy.--Andrew (talk) 21:19, 8 November 2014 (UTC)

Mapisart.com is making thing with osm data you can drop on your foot

Vashon Island clock e.jpg

Mapisart.com allows users to create lamps, coasters, clocks, trays, prints and wall canvases with osm data.

Lamp Ad e.jpg

A portion of every sale goes to the osm community - Come play! [17]

Teaching the sense of place through maps

At last weekend's Cornucopia, an art and fine craft fair in Portsmouth, RI, Mapisart.com had a booth with osm product. We set up a kid's table with maps of Aquidneck Island to keep the kids busy while their parents shopped. It worked! They colored in the land where there was land and water where there was water.

Mapisart kids.jpg

I did not get a lot of photos as I was busy manning the booth, but here are a couple…

Mapisart.com blanks.jpg

What have you done with children's education and maps? Please let me know as this is of particular interest to me - my wife is a teacher and I make my living with maps, so there's a natural fit there.

Mapisart.com color.jpg

-- User:Tripmapisart 02:50, 14 November 2014‎

Thanks for all the image suggestions.
I would love to see a kids project involving OpenStreetMap where the data ends up being improved somehow (and photo of it) but I think this gives a slightly confusing message.
But I think the product images are nice. I've merged them into one slightly taller image for the purposes of image of the week:
Mapisart.com clock and lamp products.jpg
Caption seems fine.
"mapisart.com allows users to create lamps, coasters, clocks, trays, prints and wall canvases with OpenStreetMap data."
-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:20, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

A moment of Poetry ...

Niger butterfly near Mondolo.jpg

This butterfly appears while mapping water wells in Niger.

Wanna search with us for more ?