WikiProject India

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Welcome to OpenStreetMap India!

You may also wish to Subscribe to the Indian OSM Forumor India-talk mailing list where much of the discussion relating to India takes place.

Map of India

Rendering Server

See India/Rendering_server

Getting started

Advice for new users; see India/Getting_started

Mapping terminology

Most terms used as keys should be according the general guidelines, and different usage for India should be after discussion here. This section lists some terms specific to India, with preferred spellings when they are used.

Use the following terms;

  • taluk - covers taluka, tehsil, mandal
  • panchayat - for panchayath
  • district - for zilla et.c.

Note that this refers especially to the key, not always to the value. So you can have the other usage in the value for names. So a district would be subdivided into areas tagged as 'taluk', but a taluk could be called 'xxx tehsil' or 'xxx mandal' or otherwise according to local usage. e.g. name="Daund taluka".

Common mistagging

Certain terms may be found to commonly marked with the wrong tag/value in India. In particular, the following;

  • Tag:leisure=playground - is often used to mark sports fields. However, in OSM (and general English) playgrounds are for sets of swings et.c. for small children. This term should not be used for stadiums, playing fields and certainly nothing used for adult sports. Instead use Tag:leisure=stadium, Tag:landuse=recreation_ground, or other specific names.

Rivers and streams

Tag:waterway=river specifies in a way a maximum width for a stream. If a fit adult cannot jump across it, then it is a river. Many smaller rivers in India are currently mapped as streams. Bear in mind also that dry season aerial photography may be misleading; the width should be based on average or routine highwater levels.

The data includes some larger river banks. Actually it looks like they've been tagged waterway=river when they should have been waterway=riverbank. These are also very easy to correct based on landsat. It looks like the AND Data was based on a time when there was less water in the river. Some of the river deltas shift location over time too. here for example the rivers have perhaps flooded to form a lake sice the AND data was created.

Mapping progress

Track this at India/Mapping progress (not always up-to-date).

Primary contributors

See India/Primary contributors

Specific subjects


See Railway Mapping

Indian railway Network Mapping activity

Public Transport

See Transport Mapping


See Highway Mapping


See Place Mapping


See Landuse Mapping

Disaster response mapping

A small amount of disaster response mapping was carried out for 2013 North India floods.

If you're interested in response to future disasters, check out the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team. In general all mapping progress in India will serve to make our map more useful to aid organisations in the event of a disaster.

Events and Workshops

For a list of planned an previous events check India/Events


India has many languages and writing systems. The community convention is to use the Roman alphabet ('English') for the name key and to use the name in the local script for the "name:lang" key. Wherever possible, add the names in all languages that you can; this will make it possible to create maps in multiple languages.

For example, to name the city of Bangalore (Bengaluru), use the following keys and values:

Key Value
name Bangalore
name:kn ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು

Where an official name exists, use it for the "name" key. If another name is more popular, it can be added using the name:alt key; in some cases it may be appropriate to place it in brackets after the official name. Sometimes the name:en key may be used as well.

Do not use abbreviated names, especially for localities. If the abbreviated name is more popular, treat it as described in the previous paragraph.

If multiple scripts are used in a name given using the name key; (e.g. name=ग्वालियर (Gwalior)), then this may cause problems when used on systems where both sets of fonts are not present. The fonts that the system cannot show may show up as empty boxes, question marks, or other meaningless forms. Use name=Gwalior, and also name:hi=ग्वालियर.

Data Sources

See India/Data sources


There are notes on creating district maps (including in Indian scripts) at Creating maps of Indian districts.

Other activities include creating wiki pages for cities and districts:

Experimental OSM map of India

There is an experimental OSM map of India here. This may be used to experiment with tags unique to India. The source code for the map is here

A new Map for Garmin is OSM Transport Karte

Editing Files

To edit files at OSMIndia, you need account at and permission may be obtained by sending request to: lawgon (AT)

  1. Install source control management tool Mercurial.
  2. locate sample.hgrc (e.g. /usr/share/doc/mercurial-common/examples/sample.hgrc)
  3. cp /usr/share/doc/mercurial-common/examples/sample.hgrc ~/.hgrc
  4. Edit .hgrc (under [ui] edit username)
  5. hg clone
  6. cd osmindia/
  7. Edit file
  8. hg commit
  9. hg push (here you need to provide username and password of

New Proposals

With the map data getting better day by day, there is a ever growing need for the creation of new tags and icons that will be specific to India. In order to document and list the proposals for review and dicussion this page has been created. Add your proposals here for review and discussion.