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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)
This is a very old proposal, but we never sorted out permissions for it. It's very visually interesting map style, although it always bugged me that there's no actual noise pollution data involved. I think Lukas Martinelli 's moved onto other things since then (OSMVectorTiles and now mapbox I believe) ...all of which is to say, we should just park this now I guess -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:44, 17 September 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)

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)

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)

Yeah TV stills are usually not available in an open licensed way sadly -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:38, 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)

Stolen Ride


A map made by Stolen Ride shows every London cycle parking location mapped on OpenStreetMap and an optional layer of police data with the places of reported stolen bikes.

The author gave us permission to publish under CC. --Wille (talk) 19:14, 26 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)

OSM + Landsat

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The OSM user Gontsa is creating a series of images merging OpenStreetMap data on top of Landsat satellite imagery. This image shows Kharkiv, Ukraine, during the autumn. You can see other works of Gontsa on his instagram page.

More information in the Wiki file page and on his instagram. --Wille (talk) 12:17, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

This is featured next week. Hopefully members of the community will add descriptions in more languages before it goes live.--Andrew (talk) 19:32, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

SOTM US Group photo

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Found this flickr via twitter. Would be a timely one for this week I reckon.

Caption "Last weekend State Of The Map U.S. 2017 took place in Boulder Colorado" (we could say something else, like number of attendees if anyone knows)

-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:20, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Adding a topical picture right away is great when we have them. Go with it.--Andrew (talk) 05:15, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
It's not too late to move the previous image one week later (copy-paste the existing content) and have this one featured tomorrow. At least we won't be too late next week too. — Verdy_p (talk) 10:23, 22 October 2017 (UTC)