Featured tiles

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The OpenStreetMap community has created a variety of different ways to view OSM data. Of those many different renderings the main OSM website has only featured a few. Suggestions for tile layers to include on the OSM web site may be added to the table below. It isn't practical to add them all to the OSM web site. This table and the New Tile Layer Guidelines attempt to select a few of the best renderings to feature on the OSM web site.

For more information about the criteria read the Tile Layer Guidelines.


Required Preferred
Tile layer Support Global Traffic Reliable Up to date Non Comm Free/ Open Uniqueness Interestingness Remarks
Current featured layers as of September 2013
Standard OK OK OK OK Minutely OK OK [1] Also known as the "Mapnik" layer
Cycle Map OK OK OK OK Daily OK No style sheet  
Transport Map OK OK OK OK daily OK No style sheet Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Promotes the same features as öpnv-Karte.

Featured in Nov 2011.
MapQuest Open OK OK OK OK ~15 minutely Run by MapQuest OK [2] Different styles for different countries, render US highway shields "Simpler" style uses fewer colours.

Featured in Nov 2011.
Humanitarian OK OK OK OK OK OK CC0[3] Focuses on the developing countries with an emphasis on features related to development and humanitarian work. Good contrasting style in terms of overall colour choices. Terrain shading. Many new/different icons (particularly for basic amenities in developing countries) and more nuanced surface tracktype rendering. See demo and legend. Style developed and maintained by HOT (openly on github) Hosted on OpenStreetMap.fr servers which expect to handle the traffic.
Former layers
NoName OK OK OK OK Update frequency? Run by CloudMade No style sheet Debuging style for nameless roads Removed in Nov 2011. There are other QA tools that display the same information and are more updated.
t@h OK OK OK Developers wanted [4] hourly OK OK [5] Uses Osmarender renderer Removed in Feb 2012[6]. Developer support reduced Feb 2011.
Add proposed tile layers below
OSM France OK OK OK OK z1-z11 weekly, z12+ ~5 minutes OK OK World coverage up to zoom level 20. Priority given to french names and symbols (no bretzel for bakery but baguette !). Improved version of the default OSM.org Mapnik renderer. Better identification of administrative areas with names on the correct side of each boundary instead of on top of it. Sport fields. Some newer features are sometimes experimented and are discussed on the French OpenStreetmap mailing list. Guided tour of improved features. CartoCSS based stylesheet available on https://github.com/cquest/osmfr-cartocss
öpnv-Karte OK OK OK OK zoom 15-18: daily?
zoom 0-14: monthly?
OK  ?? Displays routes, and public transport Roads are not most prominent feature Promotes the same features as the OpenCycleMap Transport Layer
openptmap OK OK OK OK daily OK OK Public transport overlay lines of railways, subways, trams, ferries, arealways It's just a PT overlay, it can be combined with every base map.
OpenSeaMap - the free nautical chart OK OK OK OK < hourly OK OK including weather charts, wiki port pilot book, bathymetry, Wikipedia, etc. for all 'water sports enthusiast' SourceForge SOTM
Wikipedia/Wikimedia "Multilingual Maps" with nearly 300 language-versions. --> demo OK OK see Remarks
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OK daily OK OK First map, that allows every citizen of the world to navigate the whole world in his writing system No other map made by Google, Bing, Yahoo etc. provides this feature. nearly 300 languages and dialects availaible, animates OSM-users to add the name:language tags. Software is free and open. has been coded by Jochen Topf as "Multilingual Maps", see here. At present Wikimedia Germany tackles the installation process on its toolservers and will provide the required Server Power. The aim is to include these OSM-maps in every geographical Wikipedia article, english is pending, demo i.e. in german: (click "Karte" (= Map) next to the coordinates in the upper right corner)
Stamen Watercolor OK OK see Remarks OK? see Remarks see Remarks see Remarks A watercolor rendering of OSM data ... need I say more? A watercolor rendering of OSM data ... need I say more? Stamen is adding more hardware resources. Updates will be monthly, but currently not. Stamen is a commercial company. Code will be open sourced, but not yet.
Example
Name and link to tile-layer OK  ?? FAIL OK OK OK OK Explain the uniqueness of this tile-layer Explain the interestingness of this tile-layer  


Acceptance of an additional layer for the main page is not automatic and must be assessed on a case-by-case basis using the following criteria as a guide. The Technical Working Group is the body carrying out the assessment of proposed tile layers.

  • Acceptance, if any, must satisfy the following hard criteria.
    • Internally supported
       The service provider / author must be in favor of having their tiles on OSM.org
    • Global scope and coverage
       Proposed tile layer must cover the globe.
    • Capable of meeting traffic demands
       Proposed tile layer service must be capable of accepting traffic volume from OSM.
    • Reliable service
       Proposed tile layer service must be reliable.
       Reliable in terms of uptime and availability.
    • Up to date data
       Services maintaining minutely updates preferred, but periods up to two weeks may be acceptable depending on the content of the map.
       Styles intended for "debugging" must be generally no more than one day out of date.
  • Acceptance, if any, should satisfy the following soft / arbitrary criteria.
    • Non-commercial
       Non-commercial services are preferred.
    • Free and Open
       Free and Open style and stacks are preferred.
    • Unique
       The proposed tile layer should offer something unique in approach or execution.
       This for example could be based on particular theme or created using a particular set of software/technology which is not currently represented.
    • Interesting
       This hugely arbitrary criteria includes pleasing aesthetics, social significance and benefit, humour, timeliness, newsworthiness, appeal to the community and many other arbitrary value judgements.