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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)


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)

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)

Minecraft scenes by WorldBloxer

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Chatting to these folks on twitter and they sent me a bunch of images. I picked three for a montage.

Caption: OpenStreetMap data can be represented in the 3D blocky virtual world of Minecraft. See Minecraft for a list of projects to make this conversion. These scenes were created by WorldBloxer.

We've got a few other options at the moment (which is great!) This is another one for the queue.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:27, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

We were a bit late for this week, I chose to feature this proposal, to give some variety to the topics covered (most often local meetings and events). — Verdy_p (talk) 13:52, 7 August 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)

Akyatcon2017 Philippines


In congruence with the 40th anniversary of the UP (University of the Philippines) Mountaineers, the organization has held ""AkyatCon2.0"" (en: Climb Conference 2.0). User:Schadow1 and User:Banito_Pinoy has presented to over 100 attendees the importance of GPS Mapping and contributing to OpenStreetMap to the Philippine mountaineering community. About 67 hiking trails and over 231,000 kilometers of roads has already been mapped in the Philippines to OpenStreetMap and is compiled to GPS handheld device format by Schadow1 Expeditions. More information on AkyatCon at [2]

-- User:Schadow1 10:57, 29 July 2017

Please provide a MUCH LESS long summary. This is fine for the image description in the image page itself, but this is a too long discussion for describing the image itself. I'm not sure that there's something very topical for this image. We just see a standard conference room (but you're not talkiong about a conference) and a logo (unrelated to this description). I see nothing about GPS, or AkyatCon, or mountaineering and hiking trails.
It would be smarter to select an image showing as activity you had, or a significant result, or a diagram describing a process, or some tool you used. I think this image (and the description above) would be probably better in the wiki page for the Philippines itself, speaking about your activities or agenda.
This featured photo for the home page is not just for showing a third party logo (which is the only central topic of this proposed image). — Verdy_p (talk) 01:33, 31 July 2017 (UTC)
I think we can take the information Schadow provided (thanks!) and use it to write a shorter caption as follows:
"Presenting OpenStreetMap and GPS mapping to an audience of over 100 mountaineers at AkyatCon2.0, the conference of the University of Philippines Mountaineers (UPM)"
My reservation about featuring this one, would be more just that we've already featured User:Schadow1's big project quite recently. ...but I think it's OK. Good to feature recent events, and it's great to have people pro-actively proposing images.
-- Harry Wood (talk) 22:38, 5 August 2017 (UTC)