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 fame 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:


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)

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)

Travel time distance maps



TODO: Ask for permission. Maybe join into one side-by-side image

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:21, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Weird blender cityscape


TODO: Ask for permission. + caption

-- Harry Wood (talk) 12:21, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Talk at Flisol Santa Fe, Argentina

Beatiful picture of a talk about OpenStreetMap in the Flisol 2018 event in Santa Fe, Argentina: https://twitter.com/OpenStreetMapAR/status/990081444453240833 -- Wille (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

Looks good. Who took these photos? -- Harry Wood (talk) 23:56, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Address interpolation in Santa Fe, Argentina

Beautiful picture of address interpolation data added in Santa Fe, Argentina: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcnt3S1X0AA0J6j.jpg -- Wille (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

"Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at pbs.twimg.com." Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 09:43, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
No problem for me (from France)... May be an issue with your ISP, or problem loading/checking one certificate from a signing intermediate CA, with OCSP under HTTPS (problems with Root CAs are unlikely), or some security suite (or privacy protector) on your PC blocking some Twitter service providers, or could be caused by your Internet connection via some bad VPN or rogue proxy. — Verdy_p (talk) 12:08, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Reserve images

I noticed that frequently featured image is missing. I had an idea to make images showing some interesting features in Vespucci, StreetComplete, JOSM, iD. It feels not really fitting featured image but it may be better than blank space. What you think about this idea? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 08:39, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Yeah I like that idea. ..although I reckon we could also just feature more screenshots of interesting features -- Harry Wood (talk) 23:28, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Sweden lakes & buildings


TODO ask for permission.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 13:29, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

SotM poster competition

The poster competition at Milan featured some beautiful submissions. I believe that some of them, such as "Interchange Choreography" (the winning entry, iirc) and moovellab's parking space poster could make for good image of the week candidates. Do we have access to digital versions or maybe photographs of the posters? We may have to crop them, though – they were pretty huge. --Tordanik 17:02, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

Ah yes. The poster competition was a great source of images previously. I'll have to see if I can figure out who to ask about getting the images. -- Harry Wood (talk) 15:58, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Excellent to get a poster. Is there a gallery of all of the posters we could link to? --Andrew (talk) 16:58, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

OSM awards

Another SotM related idea: a photograph of one of the winners receiving an OSM award, or the work the award was given for. --Andrew (talk) 17:02, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Yeah that could be a good idea for a topical "recent news" thing. Not sure which image would be best though. We already "featured" a nice photo on the blog. I think that was taken by Jinal Foflia. -- Harry Wood (talk) 21:05, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Embargoed until December



--Andrew (talk) 19:54, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

I, as the sole author, would be very happy to release one such map of Germany or Hungary with the required open licence. (The maps of the USA were not based on OpenStreetMap data.) I would remove the copyright notice. I can create one with your choice of colour scheme, small or large marker spots, with or without the arrows. The borders, rivers, coastlines are from Natural Earth, it's the postal code markers that come from OSM. -- Bence Mélykúti (talk) 13:11, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

Map Cake


Here's an image from the Map-cake, it's a beautiful one. Have received permissions from the author (Mikel Maron) of the tweet to share this image.

Link to tweet: https://twitter.com/mikel/status/1042575033703571456

-- User:Jinal Foflia 15:05, 2 September 2018‎

That is a beautiful cake! Need to write a caption. Was that for Mikel's birthday? -- Harry Wood (talk) 22:00, 23 September 2018 (UTC)

National Geographic Slovenia using OSM

In the October 2018 printed edition National Geographic Slovenia used the OpenStreetMap map to illustrate an article about Šalek lakes, showcasing the importance of Slovenia Landcover Import project.

Would you be interested to publish it as image of the week, preferably still in October? I am in contact with the publisher to make sure they are ok with it, as it makes sense to include some context (parts of the article and maybe a cover page thumbnail). The map itself is properly attributed and licensed under cc-by-sa.

-- Stefanb (talk) 14:05, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

Sounds great! But I don't see a map at http://www.nationalgeographic.si/index.php?i=452 . D'you mean a print version of this article had a map? -- Harry Wood (talk) 22:52, 14 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, the map is featured only in the printed article. The publisher's legal representative managed to gather explicit permissions from the copyright holders (a museum and an individual photographer) of nearby photos for publishing the picture of the article on the OpenStreetMap site, but it did not explicitly specify any open license for such picture. Would that be a blocker or can we proceed with that? -- Stefanb (talk) 15:08, 17 October 2018 (UTC)
For a "featured image" it needs to be open licensed (and we don't include "non-commercial" restrictions in that). However if that's not possible, maybe we could use such an image in an OpenStreetMap blog post or tweet instead -- Harry Wood (talk) 17:03, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Today I got the explicit written permission from publisher to publish this photo of full page with an "Open License" (I chose CC-BY-SA 2.0, same as the map on the photo):
National Geographic Slovenija-using OSM-October 2018.jpg
The 2 smaller photos are pixelated because their copyright holders didn't specify the exact licence under which they can be published in OSM -- Stefanb (talk) 12:25, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Correction: The map was indeed published in both printed and electronic form (PDF, ePub... available for subscribers and at https://www.zinio.com/national-geographic-slovenija-m8169 ), but not in the shorter teaser article at http://www.nationalgeographic.si/index.php?i=452 -- Stefanb (talk) 13:07, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Proposed caption:
In the October 2018 issue of National Geographic Slovenija OpenStreetMap was used to illustrate the article about Šalek lakes.
-- Stefanb (talk) 16:48, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

Pristina bus stops

Cool bus top maps https://twitter.com/AnneDostert/status/1044133875084152832 ...but need to check. It seems familiar. Did we feature these before? -- Harry Wood (talk) 09:43, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

I've asked for permissions https://twitter.com/harry_wood/status/1059459449109336065
I guess Stereo's diary entry is related.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 15:01, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
OK. User:Stereo clarified on IRC that the image AnneDostert is tweeting there is not an OSM map, but he said we can use this one (which I've just uploaded):
Pristina tourist map.png
I need Stereo to choose a license on it, but we can assume it will be ok.
Caption "The city of Pristina in Kosovo, has adopted OpenStreetMap for their tourism maps, including this leaftlet. Read more on Stereo's diary"
I guess it's correct/better to use the english spelling in this sentence. Pristina rather than Prishtina.
And we're overdue so featuring this now
-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:41, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

OSM coffee

This cappuccino was served with an OSM logo variation instead of the usual portrait on the cappuccino at our local mapper meeting:

Powered by OSM...


-- Stephankn (talk) 12:33, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Nice! And I just found some more info the image page, so...
Caption "Mappers in Chiang Mai, Thailand, sometimes meet at the Shewe Cafe, which can serve you an OpenStreetMap cappuccino!"
Featuring this now
-- Harry Wood (talk) 15:07, 5 November 2018 (UTC)