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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

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)

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)

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)


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 [10]. -- 2014-03-11T20:57:31‎ Baditaflorin
  • Points of interest added in 2013 - pie chart showing the years. [11] -- 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 [12] -- 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: [13].

There are several images on the blog, and one does not show the kids faces ([14]) 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: [15] 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)

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)

Osm Poi age of different cities


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

Colegio Alemán Quito

German and Ecuadorian teachers of Geography, History and IT proudly present the results of a mapping training session with JOSM. These teachers will cascade this training with other colleagues, and integrate some aspects of it into the OSM curriculum to help Ecuadorean students improve their skills further.

OSM Training Quito.jpg


The website of the Italian gendarmerie (Carabinieri) now features as the only map, an OpenStreetMap map with a prominent copyright link. This is the first recorded use of a military force using OSM.

Italy carabinieri contacts.png

Engage local citizens in open mapping (Village Development Committee)

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This photo showcases the engagement of local citizens from Bajrabarahi, Makwanpur, a VDC in Nepal to map their places. Majority of the mapping is done by the local people themselves. Kathmandu Living Labs, pioneer of OpenStreetMap in Nepal, was involved in training them. The training mostly focused on mapping agriculture and food security data of that VDC.

-- User:Megha 08:58, 23 January 2015‎

Mapping with the theme Agriculture and Food Security: OpenStreetMap

This is the picture taken at a mapping session in a Village Development Committee in Bajrabarahi, Nepal. The locals are trained to map in OSM and they are showing the trainers about the geometry edits for the crop pockets to be mapped in OSM. Kathmandu Living Labs, advocators of OSM in Nepal were the one who trained them and mapped Bajrabarahi with the theme agriculture and food security. This project is also featured in OSM geoweek and you can see the result at http://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=14/27.6431/85.1038