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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)

Tawi-Tawi Mapping Expedition in the Philippines

TawiTawiPH mappingexpedition.jpg

With drone pilots and backed by the Marines, Navy and Army's Scout Rangers, User:Schadow1 pushed a mapping expedition in southern Philippines for logistics, navigation, military operations purposes, and tourism. About 1,957 unique mapping data has been added from the expedition to OpenStreetMap. More information available on Schadow1 Expeditions

-- User:Schadow1 07:17, 6 June 2017‎

This photo with somebody posing with big guns, I think it's problematic. I don't want to sound like a hippy pacifist, but we're looking for images which reflect well on OpenStreetMap, and so... to look for a standard corporate comms phrase, I would say... "it sends out the wrong message".
But I took a look at some other photos on the the blog you linked. Some great images there. The group photo would be standard image of the week material. I think a montage with various photos (amazing blue skies blue sea) would be the best actually.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:58, 18 June 2017 (UTC)
Got it! It was a mapping expedition with the Marines so this was sent out. If in anyway it sent out a wrong message, here is a new photo File:Drone panguan mapping.jpg
-- schadow1 (talk) 02:04, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Mapillary road signs

Mapillary road signs within iD.png

Saw this tweeted by Mapillary although actually this is a screenshot I took myself just now of the same junction.

Caption "The iD editor showing a new data layer from Mapillary, with road signs detected within the street-level imagery"

I think it's visually interesting and also a core OSM current news story. Out of time again, so featuring this one now

-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:38, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Did you get the licence from Mapillary to reuse their image ? Even if this image was twitted publicly, it doesnot mean there's no licence and the Twitter licence will apply by default, unless the sender has specified something else in his post.
Note trhat Twitter allows republishing twits, but by using their documented API that tracks users... Twits are not free, users themselves are the price, and Twitter reserves the right to remove any post at any time. There's some limited "fair use" but I would not defend it in Europe, and this wiki is in UK, not in US, so "US fair use" does not apply.
I suggest you take the time to ask the permission from the original Twitter poster, and at least inform him ! I'm not sure that Mapillary was contacted to getr that permission of republishing this image elsewhere than on Twitter (where Mapillary can get contacts with many users and inform them regularly, and track their own audience on Twitter). — Verdy_p (talk) 15:50, 21 June 2017 (UTC)