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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?

Simply create a new section on this wiki page with your proposal (if you don't know how to edit the wiki, you can email CWG instead).

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 an 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

Image sources - places that might contain interesting OSM stuff:

Dates to be taken note of when choosing a featured image:

Global Noise Pollution Map


Visualization of noise pollution for the entire world based on top of OSM data. Link: http://lukasmartinelli.ch/gis/2016/04/03/openstreetmap-noise-pollution-map.html Wille (talk)----

We need permission for this I think -- Harry Wood (talk) 22:16, 18 April 2016 (UTC)
Since the data used in this map is totally from OSM database, I believe we don't need to ask permission Wille (talk)---
It is not authorization for the data used (ODbL licensed), but for the rendering itself (not covered by the ODbL license, just like OSM.org Mapnik rendering is licensed separately using CC-BY-SA, and the Mapnik renderer code itself has its own separate license for its open source).
All we have for now is a publication on a private user blog, which has no clear statement about licensing and authorization (do you see the "Copyright Lukas Martinelli" at bottom of pages?, and when you click on the map, you see it is hosted in a private Mapbox installation, with "Copyright Mapbox"). There's no indication at all for the additional noise data.
So Harry Wood is correct: finding a blog featuring some image does not grant use the right to take a screenshot and republish it (and not that the OSM data is not the only information used, this image was produced by its own renderer using its own dataset for filtering/evaluating noise, with various rules not found in the OSM database itself). — Verdy_p (talk) 15:39, 21 June 2017 (UTC)


Saw a screenshot image of this on twitter: http://blog.alb42.de/programs/mapparium/ No better than any other software screenshot, but we should do more software screenshots really. We can spin a positive caption about this because it's a prime example of OSM data reaching exotic tech platforms!

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:57, 14 July 2016 (UTC)

Creating MapRoulette Challenges from GeoJSON

The tutorial (also [1]) has pictures, the project licence is Apache 2.0.--Andrew (talk) 19:06, 11 December 2016 (UTC)

Yeah it's a good tutorial to draw attention to, but I can't particularly see a stand out image there. -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:50, 13 December 2016 (UTC)

Bus stops of Rosario and Buenos Aires

It needs a better marker for the bus stops, but can be an idea to a post in the future: https://twitter.com/OpenStreetMapAR/status/834933019928571904 There are a lot of bus routes mapped in both cities as well. --Wille (talk) 01:42, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

OSM and Missing Maps on TV programme

A TV programme of the British channel Sky News highlighted the OpenStreetMap mapathons that have been organized by the Missing Maps project in London. The video is available on YouTube. I made a screenshot, but I'm not sure if the copyright allow us to publish in a open license: http://imgur.com/a/SFR8z --Wille (talk) 18:17, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

OSM map on bike trailer

Map cycle trailor.jpg

See https://www.reddit.com/r/openstreetmap/comments/6i0swi/today_i_saw_a_bike_with_openstreetmap_map_on_it/

Even comes with proper attribution. :) Mmd (talk) 20:28, 25 June 2017 (UTC)

That's a cool photo yeah. I just asked Spanholz for open licensing permission -- Harry Wood (talk) 00:27, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
Permission received!
This just needs a caption now
-- Harry Wood (talk) 23:15, 27 June 2017 (UTC)
Here's a caption then:
Spotted wheeling the streets of Dresden, Germany, this tricycle has a localised OpenStreetMap design!"
-- Harry Wood (talk) 21:04, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
This caption uses very special Englist terms at the begining that is hard to translate. I don't clearly see what you mean with "Spotted", and then the rest "wheeling the streets" which is so strange (or just a bit redundant with "this tricycle" following). Could it be simpler and not too much British or some London'ish abbreviated expression ? May be it looks "fun" for your hears in Britain (or typical for the vernacular language in the streets of London), but I'm not even sure it will be understood correctly or will look so fun even in other English speaking countries or regions.
Something probably better understood would be (sorry if this is not perfect English, it's not my birth language and I'm a bit more trained to US English from news medias and technical documents): "A tricycle wheeling in the streets of Dresden, Germany and promoting cycling in the city, was uncommonly displaying a localised OpenStreetMap design all over its carriage!" (or something in that spirit, possibly rearrange the sentences if you think it is simpler to read and understand, adjust the syntax if needed).
Verdy_p (talk) 23:33, 21 July 2017 (UTC)
My caption is just a colourful way of saying "the Tricycle was seen by somebody in Dresden", if that helps translate. It's not a Britain or London way of saying it though. Just an english way saying it. It's a strange language I know :-) -- Harry Wood (talk) 21:45, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

Minecraft scenes by WorldBloxer

WorldBloxer minecraft screenshots.png

Chatting to these folks on twitter and they sent me a bunch of images. I picked three for a montage.

Caption: "OpenStreetMap data can be represented in the 3D blocky virtual world of Minecraft. See Minecraft for a list of projects to make this conversion. These scenes were created by WorldBloxer"

We've got a few other options at the moment (which is great!) This is another one for the queue.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:27, 13 July 2017 (UTC)


We have two images lined up which are not current-news related, so we might treat it as a challenge to try to keep these in the bag a little while, pushed back by "current news" images. What current OSM news images are there? Well..

I spotted this on the tweets:

Hlotse Community Council July Mapping Party.jpg


I've asked for permission, so maybe we'll hear back in time. I don't know a lot about it, but it looks like the caption could be...

"Urban planners from Hlotse Community Council, Lesotho, gathered for mapping party"

-- Harry Wood (talk) 21:12, 21 July 2017 (UTC)

Heard back permission
I'm going to schedule this to be featured for next week now.
Let's get a link in the caption: "Urban planners from Hlotse Community Council, gathered for a MapLesotho mapping party"
-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:15, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
I wasn't sure if I'd described things very well/accurately in the caption, so I asked for suggestions and heard back from Ciaran Staunton who is knows what's going on with all things MapLesotho. So modified caption:
"Mzwandile Thokoane from the MapLesotho project, lead a mapping event to bring advanced JOSM mapping back to Hlotse, in Leribe, Lesotho"
-- Harry Wood (talk) 08:52, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Map Mongolia, and countries bordering China

We severly lack data for mapping Mongolia. Here is what was revently published from an official research department:


How could these maps be so much uninformative and so imprecise? There are other photos of similar poor maps from the same Twitter account, interested in railways in this country, but maps of cities are equally poor. So can we locate projects and images of mapping efforts in that region that would not necessarily involve Chinese simplifications? Some other areas to look for urgently: Burma, Vietnam, Laos, Tadjikistan, Uzbekistan, possibly also Northeastern Afghanistan (where help will be needed for recovery after end of ISI nightmare: see the small corridor that goes to China) and Northern Pakistan (regions still in severe troubles). How can we help them and their community to launch and promote their efforts with some fruitful results that would focus on public knowledge, protection, and control of their local resources, without falling in the traps of the Chinese miracle or post-soviet Russian puppet dictatures ? — Verdy_p (talk) 01:59, 22 July 2017 (UTC)