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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:


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)

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)

Better marker or, normally smaller markers or just dots would be the normal cartographic suggestion here. That said... I quite like the image as it is. -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:47, 17 September 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)

Interestingly the image belos about worldwide road coverage statistics completely confirms my observation by adding figures for Mongolia, China, Central Asia, Afghanistan. But I did not realize that the Saharian region is also far from completeness. The image below however contradicts the conclusion about US coverage, with most of the west turning almost white (except the west coast), even if US Data shows a good coverage: this just indicates that there are less people in this midwest but that they are adequately connected with roads, but at longer distance. This is confirmed when you look at the Amazonian region, where rivers, not roads, are the major communication mean for long distances and other highways are just unstable paths or tracks in the nature; the same applies to central Australia.
We know the difficulties to map China, but Mongolia really needs a community effort to boost it and it should be possible (this should also be possible in Afghanistan, given the military presence, but I fear that most of the imagery is unusable, still covered by military secrets on ongoing operations. As well, we should be able to map the Saharian region and reach completeness in Morocco and most of the coasts from Algeria to Egypt, just like it is possible in Syria. But for Mongolia, mapping roads are probably less important than mapping the huge natural environment of lands and one of the first need would be to map waterways and places with trees, outside the heavily populated. But even the country capital region needs mapping of the complex network of roads and streets in the giant poor suburbs, just like what was possible in Peru. — Verdy_p (talk) 02:27, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
In relation to "feaured images" are you suggesting an image here? or suggesting we look for an image promoting mapping here. -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:37, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

HOT activates for multiple disasters in September

September has seen multiple emergency events occuring in eastern and northern Caribbean (hurricanes), Mexico (earthquakes), Southern Asia (floodings in Bangladesh, Northeastern India, Nepal, and Rohinghias refugees in Bangladesh), and Indonesia/Vanuatu (volcanoes).

Mapping for other hurricanes (notably Harvey) in North-Eastern Mexico and southern US are still going on.

There's lot of work to do and I'd like to feature some significant image for what is being done now that the news reports are less focusing on the emergencies.

I'd like to feature a significant image for these ongoing projects (see them all in https://www.hotosm.org/projects/hot_activates_for_multiple_disasters), because we really need more mappers and more mapathons to be interested in participating in these projects, now that the news are less focused (and we see these started projects fading out in activity at the same time that these events have been multiplied, even if we chose to delay many of them that are drafted but still not finished). Also we need experienced mappers for validation (notably in Mexico where this is difficult to validate).

But I don't know which image to choose precisely. This is being talked on https://hotosm.slack.com/ (in #communications and #disaster-mapping channels).

Anyway there's still US coverage for Maria, and Puerto Rico is far from being finished but we've seen some news reports about what is done in HOT, notably in Puerto Rico, they show an screen capture of the map displayed in HOT Tasking manager for completion of a task (from http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/3631, now completed and archived). I'd like to feature this image too.

But we should link to the previous HOTOSM blog article that provides multiple links for all the related projects. The top photograph in the blog article could be useful too as an alternative (it's not worse than displaying a few people in a local meeting). My opinion is that this blog article should be featured now for next week.

Verdy_p (talk) 13:46, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

500 printed OSM maps for village offices in Jakarta, Indonesia

"No more handdrawn maps at village offices in Jakarta, Indonesia! 500 framed OSM maps will help officials identify infrastructures in their area."

See images posted on Twitter by Twitter user@HOTOSM_ID.

(OSM Maps made by HOTOSM, USAID/OFDA, BNPB Indonesia, the Pacific Disaster Center and the OSM Community for the National Disaster Preparedness Day). — Verdy_p (talk) 09:44, 24 October 2017 (UTC)

Cartopartie : Libre information sur les services de santé, tous acteurs, tous concernés ! jeudi 16 novembre 2017 à Digne


French : Annonce de la Cartopartie santé à Digne-les-Bains, France, jeudi 16 novembre 2017 Quels services au cœur de nos artères ?

Author : Nylnook

License : Creative Commons BY-SA (Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0)

-- User:Apitux 10:04, 5 November 2017

It's a nice poster, but the event has passed now. We were too slow but... I don't think we'd normally have a local event poster as a "featured image" anyway.
BUT what is more normal is to feature a photo taken at the event, if you took any good ones.
Had a quick search and came across this (photo at the top). Sunshine... mappers smiling... action happening. This kind of thing is awesome. Shame it's from March 2016, but that sort of thing is a perfect featured image.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 11:14, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

OSMGirls Niger Togo

OSMGirls Niger Togo.jpg

spotted on twitter: https://twitter.com/RichardFolly1/status/932538186433261568

This is a nice photo but we need more information to explain what it is, my best attempt at a caption would be:

Richard Folly visiting Fatima Alher and the OSMGirls, a mapping group based in Niger, Togo.

...but maybe we could explain a bit more about what OSMGirls is. Is "based in Niger/Togo" correct? Also was this photo taken at a particular meet-up/event? (I will try to find out)

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:38, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

Featured in week 50. — Verdy_p (talk) 22:18, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
Note: the question about the base country of the OSMGirls group remains. I've added a few other countries involved in their recent topics on Tweeter, but if a group exists, it should be better identified with a contact place or person, Twitter alone is still informal, but they have a logo so there's a real small group of women involved to centralize this activity on their OSMGirls name, and probably have a blog or site with their own documents, realisations, meetings (physically or virtually online), achievements, projects...
We were nearly late to have an image for this week, I used it because there was no other proposal pending with suitable licence/attribution for the proposed photo.
So they should still modify the initial description given where needed (translations will eventually be adapted). — Verdy_p (talk) 20:15, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

WhatTheStreet car park space

WhatTheStreet is a funky visualisation of car parking space usage. this article about it

TODO: seek permissions on an image

-- Harry Wood (talk) 18:20, 11 December 2017 (UTC)