Featured image proposals

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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)---


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)

Indoor mapping presented at WhereCamp Berlin

Apparently indoor mapping was a big topic and WhereCamp Berlin recently. Simon Poole was suggesting looking for an image from that. Anyone got a specific image to suggest?

I spotted this nice animated image https://twitter.com/tbsprs/status/794979018038710272 So I (or someone) could chase the licensing on that

-- Harry Wood (talk) 10:53, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

OpenStationMap seems neat, and quite visually interesting
I got a photo of Roland Wagner presenting it at geomob, but that's a bit blurry. The screenshot is better
-- Harry Wood (talk) 23:22, 17 May 2017 (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)

Statistics Canada Building Import Project & Crowd Sourcing

August-Ottawa-Stats-Can Import.jpg

Before the import was started the building scape looked like the picture above

March-Ottawa-Stats-Can Import.jpg

After the import was done and the community pitched in to finish the Gatineau side the building scape is a lot more detailed

James2432 (talk) 15:50, 13 April 2017 (UTC)

We could link to wiki information about the import in the caption. This one right? Canada:Ontario:Ottawa/Import But those wiki pages need tidying up a bit I think -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:13, 17 April 2017 (UTC)
Saw another nice image of Ottowa buildings here https://twitter.com/julconz/status/864561955146801152
I've just been trying to describe what I mean by "tidying up" a bit more. Firstly basic status info is not up-to-date: Talk:Canada:Ontario:Ottawa/Import#Status of the import?. As mentioned here: Talk:Canada:Ontario:Ottawa/Import/Plan#Structure of the Plan I think we could create a new page to describe the import actually (and use this image there first)
Now I wouldn't normally attach great importance to having a tidy wiki page describing something for a featured image, however I do feel that we should not celebrate imports unless they are done properly (and can be seen to have been done properly). I reckon a little bit of post-import wiki tidying effort will go a long way.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 23:16, 17 May 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)

London Mappers so far in 2017

London Mappers so far in 2017.png

Caption: "The top ten mappers (yellow) account for most of the data contributed in London so far in 2017. Andy Allan presented "Who is mapping London?" at the recent OSM Q&A event."

This is a bit of weird featured image. Very London centric obviously, and a fairly plain diagram I suppose... but quite interesting. This opens the floodgates for other interesting slides from presentations. ...which is not a bad thing! Don't know why I didn't think of it before :-)

-- Harry Wood (talk) 17:39, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

And since we're overdue, I'll have to flush this through. Featuring this now.
I keep leaving it till we're overdue before arriving with an idea. I'm trying to encourage others to please line up some suggestions!
-- Harry Wood (talk) 17:41, 15 May 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately this has the bad effect of voiding the collective contributions of the many individual users. I would have prefered a diagram that shows not individual users but users by amounts of changes (number of changesets, or total number of creation of OSM objects (nodes+ways+relations)+GPS tracks+notes? I think that even notes are valuable input to the project, even if the reported modifications to do are performed by other people
As well I would have separated contributions made by known bots (most imports of external data sources, not fully checked and that frequently need many individual adjustments such as missing tags, disambiguation when the sources are imprecise, deduplication/merges, normalisation of tags, translations, updated data from more recent/more precise sources or from local surveys)... — Verdy_p (talk) 01:30, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
Well you'd have to ask Andy Allan about that. I think he said he did eliminate bot activity. -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:10, 16 May 2017 (UTC)
What would be interesting is to track how many contributors are needed for filling half of the data currently available in OSM.
One problem of the measures is that every edit in a single object tracks only the last contributor, even if there was a change of a single property (adding a node to a way, moving a node for higher precision, adding/removing/changing a single tag, fixing a typo in a tag value. To avoid this bias, it would be necessary to count all contributors found in each object's history (but discard those edits that were reverted later).
This would require a complex analysis of histories and a lot of data (most often not available on all data mirors but only in the main OSM database), and this can be computed on relatively small areas (like here only in London, but which London was used is unspecified: City of London, Inner London, Great London, or some bounding box?).
These measurements are not comparable to very different areas (notably not in those where open data is not so developed and where import bots cannot do a lot). And it would be useful to compare to other areas (including in UK: the London area is a bit exceptional because mot useful datas were already part of open data that were easily and massively imported and are still updated by bots). The situation would be very different in poor areas (notably those involded in HOT projects, even if in these areas there are also important contributors that have done a majority of the work).
Those massive edits are the easiest ones, this is not something for which OSM will be most useful, where we'll need many more small contributors that will fix few things on few points spread over a much larger area where their contributions will not be valued with this type of diagram. I wonder if it is possible to group users by total number of edited objects. It is desirable to go to a situation where this diagram would turn almost completely grey (due to delimiting borders), except a thin yellow border on the top and left sides. But QA tools will keep this border thick because there will still be lot of automated edits to fix the many indivisual contributions, even if there were an insignificant amount of unwanted edits (illegal imports or spammed edits that were redacted are already excluded, they are normally not visible in the history): there will still be various disagreements between contributors, and frequent errors (e.g. typos in tag names or values), or deprecated but still proposed in some editors. — Verdy_p (talk) 14:04, 16 May 2017 (UTC)