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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?

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:

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)---

Psychedelic intersections


TODO: make an extract and ask for CC permissions on it.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 08:00, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

Question: can somebody explain the following sentence from the linked article]? ( http://www.c82.net/work/?id=350 ...and click "how they were made")
"Boundaries for an interchange were defined by where on/off ramps merge with major roads or where roads or an appropriate distance away from the main area of an :interchange when the roads didn't merge"
I lose track of the grammar after "where roads"... Jedrzej Pelka (talk) 15:29, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes. The sentence seems wrong to me. But we're not connected to this at tall. You would have to ask the guy who wrote it.
I'll tell you what. I will get in touch with this guy because I need to ask him for permission to publish an extract image a CC licensed image (I'm also going to formulate a particular image to suggest to him). I can mention this sentence to him at the same time
-- Harry Wood (talk) 09:00, 9 September 2016 (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)

Another OSM Laser cutting

Another intresting laser image https://twitter.com/_ynunokawa/status/754992929890906112

...or are we bored of those now? :-)

-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:34, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Well no ... I think we'd all like more lasers. :-)
I don't know anything about this though, so hoping @_ynunokawa can A) give us permission to release this photo CC-BY-SA2.0 on this wiki and B) tell us a bit more about what and where this is. Ideally a link to a blog post or something with more information
(sent a note pointing him here)
-- Harry Wood (talk) 11:46, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Tariki.dz, official trafic safety solution in Algeria

Photo gendarmerie osm 11082016.jpg

Tariki.dz is a web site launched by the algerian road traffic autority, based on open source solutions, using osm map.

The maps show trafic jam in real time.

-- Sandervalya (talk) 18:07, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

Is it still working ? Immediate error when going to this website; may be this was just a trial, not finalized for general public use. — Verdy_p (talk) 14:45, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes it works, it was anouced on radio spots, so is also for general public use, you can see it on latin caracter (french), it will be usefull, just clic on Cartes (Maps), http://www.tariki.dz/index_2.html -
Sandervalya (talk) 19:07, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Apparently it does not connect, constantly I get a server-side error: "The requested URL was rejected. Please consult with your administrator." Are you sure you posted the correct URL ? (possibly you forgot a path, or used a link with a temporary session id generated from another site, this does not work with the default "/" path or with the "/index_2.html" path either; possibly the link is restricted for use only from Algeria; I did not try any VPN access located in Algeria; or the site is not properly announced to be routable worldwide; even the "/favicon.ico" does not load an icoin and returns instead the same HTML page showing this server-side message (though with HTTP status 200 OK); clearing the browser cache has no effect: I think this site requires a prior authorization, or it is down and what you are looking at is the content of your local cache, or the server fails internally while trying to geolocate my IP address, and then crashes and the webserver does not return any useful content, except the generic blank HTML page with the message (and with an internal support error ID)... — Verdy_p (talk) 19:48, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
you'r right, you can have acces only from an algerian ip ... - Sandervalya (talk) 00:50, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
A public site that restricts access by country using IP geolocation is extremely bad. Such technics are typically used only for contents with DRM restrictions by market. The Algerian authorities however chose the worst solution, by creating an Algerian-only website, by also assuming that they can legitimately track all IP usages. Algerian people living abroad cannot use the web site or their existing foreign Internet access provider even when they come to Algeria, suing a roaming access). People may still be able to bypass this restriction, using a VPN access provider in Algeria, but they are rare and most of them require paid subscriptions. IP geolocation is very approximative, and this wont work from many corporate networks: this forces them to pay another Internet subscription in Algeria to use the service, even if this is for temporary usage (e.g. during a business trip of a few days). So I think this service should not be advertized outside Algeria (and not on this worldwide website). That's the first time I see an official public website for the general public that restricts access by IP country of origin the Internet access provider. IP Geolocation is typically used only as weak helpers (that return many errors). This also does not help when Internet providers are constantly updating their IP routing tables and frequently need to change routes and remp IP addresses in case of problems (e.g. DOS attacks, failure on a peering link...). But I suppose this was done only to temporarily limit the usage due to limited server capacities. — Verdy_p (talk) 04:24, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Clearly we shouldn't link this site in the caption, both from this philosophical point of view, and because the link won't work for most of us! As a featured image I guess this still works, but it I think would be a bit weird to feature a screenshot of a website which we're blocked from viewing. So yeah, that's a shame though. Would be nice to feature an Algerian thing -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:29, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
I agree (also because here we are strongly supporting net neutrality). I won't subscribe a paid Algerian VPN that will also pass my trafic through the Algerian governmental filtering proxies (that is designed also to block traffic that does not match the official Algerian politics or to enforce laws that are only applicable in Algeria). I hope they will lift this stupid restriction (I don't think this will ever cause a sudden spike on trafic, and this site should progressively be able to support millions of accesses from Algeria and will support without any problem a tiny trafic from elsewhere). They will realize that this restriction also makes the site inacessible even for a significant number of people in Algeria, so this fails the public service mission (IP geolocation frequently fails without notice as IPv4 addresses are constantly remapped by operators, notably from mobile devices). And it blocks access also for many incoming international visitors using their romaing access (there are many Algerians living in France and travelling regularly to Algeria, and many Algerian business working in France, that cannot use this service). This restriction just adds complications for travelers even if no Algerian law is violated by them, it does not help promoting the country and does not improve any kind of security in Algeria. If you live in Algeria, contact an Algerian OSM association to contact the technical team of the Gendarmerie for lifting this restriction (at least this site should offer a basic useful service, even if it applies some trafic prioritization and enforce some HTTP caching policies to preserve their bandwidth; and anyway, it should correct the status returned by the server when trafic is blocked). — Verdy_p (talk) 12:27, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Hi guys, i'm in Algeria and we are in contact with the Gendarmerie (they contacted us on OSM to work with them), the answser about the geo-restriction is that it's just a sort of beta version, they are not totaly satisfied with now. So it's clear that we are not gona feature it for the moment. We have some other things to propose ;-) - Sandervalya (talk) 14:03, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

SoTM Asia group photo

State of the Map Asia 2016 group photo.jpg

Would you be so kind as to feature the group photo of the recently concluded 2016 State of the Map Asia Conference as posted by seav.

-- User:GOwin 02:25, 7 October 2016‎

It's a great group photo, but we've featured an image from SOTM Asia already. I'm thinking of writing a blog.openstreetmap.org round up of SOTM, so could use this group photo on there, but I think it would be better to move onto new topics for image of the week. -- Harry Wood (talk) 11:40, 7 October 2016 (UTC)
There it is, used at the bottom of this blog https://blog.openstreetmap.org/2016/10/10/sotm-thanks/ -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:09, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

STAR (bus service in Rennes, France) bus stop sign

STAR bus sign in Rennes.jpg


-- Harry Wood (talk) 13:08, 10 October 2016 (UTC)

@Harry Wood I created an account to upload photos by myself, but the upload form is available for autoconfirmed user only... I don't want to pollute Wikimedia Commons with these images (I don't know if there are really useful for Wikipedia anyway), so I put them on my server:
I don't know if the map on the upper right on the second photo is problematic or not (which is the main map of the bus stop and is copyrighted work but it represents an insignificant of the photo...) These images won't stay on my server forever, so I allow everyone who wants to upload them as Featured Image on this wiki :) Here's the license: « I, Maxime Lorant, the copyright holder of this work, hereby publish it under the following license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported » Ssx`z (talk) 07:30, 11 October 2016 (UTC)
By the way, the company is named "STAR" (acronym for "Bus service of the Rennes agglomeration", in French) but in fact the city itself uses OpenStreetMap on its OpenData portal: https://data.rennesmetropole.fr/explore/?sort=modified&refine.features=geo. For example:
I don't know if it is worth to highlight it. This portal has been opened in September. Ssx`z (talk) 07:45, 11 October 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Maxime. I've just uploaded one of the pictures (See above)
You can upload yourself after you've made 5 wiki edits (it's an anti-abuse wiki feature)
That's a good photo. Just need a caption for it now
-- Harry Wood (talk) 15:09, 11 October 2016 (UTC)

caption "The local "STAR" bus service of Rennes in France, uses OpenStreetMap on their information boards"

featuring this now

-- Harry Wood (talk) 13:41, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

query.wikidata.org map of C19th #Aberystwyth ships wrecked at sea


quite like that. The image itself is sort of a basic mash-up (is the downside), but this is bringing together lots of interesting bits of tech ...and applying it to 19th century ship wrecks!

-- Harry Wood (talk) 15:06, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Colombia Waters


Omar Pineda took the OSM data to produce this beautiful image showing all the rivers, lakes, creeks and wetlands of Colombia.

--Wille (talk) 11:50, 19 October 2016 (UTC)

That looks good to me. Let's line it up for tomorrow -- Harry Wood (talk) 10:40, 23 October 2016 (UTC)
featured -- Harry Wood (talk) 20:33, 24 October 2016 (UTC)