List of featured images/2015

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These are featured images, which have been identified as the best examples of OpenStreetMap mapping, or as useful illustrations of the OpenStreetMap project.

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Week 1
(29 Dec. – 4 Jan.)
Seconda assemblea nazionale ordinaria 2014 dell'associazione Wikimedia Italia @TIM4Expo Milano 04.JPG
English WikiMedia Italia produced a 7 minute long OpenStreetMap video guide, which was recently presented by Simone Cortesi at the wikimedia Italia conference ±
Week 2
(5–11 Jan.)
English On Alaska Airlines, passengers can visualize the progress of their flight on their devices via Gogo WiFi inflight internet service ±
Week 3
(12–18 Jan.)
2014 a year of edits lesotho2.gif
English Animation showing the 2014 activity taking Lesotho from a blank spot on the map (approx 50k nodes) towards a full and rich set of map data. This work was completed in a large part by locals and government planners looking to utilise OpenStreetMap data as part of their workflow ±
Week 4
(19–25 Jan.)
Staffordshire new year 2015 mapping walk.jpg
English Come rain or shine: Mappers in Staffordshire, UK, having a new years mapping meet-up, heading out in search of missing footpaths. Read more on this blog post ±
Week 5
(26 Jan. – 1 Feb.)
Italy carabinieri contacts.png
English The website of the Italian gendarmerie (Carabinieri) now features as the only map, an OpenStreetMap map with a prominent copyright link. This is the first recorded use of a military force using OSM. ±
Week 6
(2–8 Feb.)
OSM Training Quito.jpg
English German and Ecuadorian teachers of Geography, History and IT proudly present the results of a mapping training session with JOSM. These teachers will pass on this training to other colleagues, and integrate some aspects of it into the curriculum to help Ecuadorean students improve their skills further. ±
Week 7
(9–15 Feb.)
Bajrabarahi Nepal mapping training.jpg
English Local citizens from Bajrabarahi, Makwanpur, Nepal mapping their towns and villages. Kathmandu Living Labs, pioneer of OpenStreetMap in Nepal, was involved in training them. The training mostly focused on mapping agriculture and food security data ±
Week 8
(16–22 Feb.)
3D glasses map style Paris.png
English Christian Quest experimented with creating a map as an Anaglyph 3D image. Available as a slippy map and a CartoCSS stylesheet. Now all we need is a pair of those special glasses! ±
Week 9
(23 Feb. – 1 Mar.)
Berlin OSM poster.jpg
English The main station in Berlin now has detailed OpenStreetMap maps of the city. ±
Week 10
(2–8 Mar.)
MapLesotho on Lesotho TV.jpg
English OpenStreetMap Lesotho members on Lesotho National TV show talking about #MapLesotho ±
Week 11
(9–15 Mar.)
OSM Orange RomanTheatre 3DRendering.png
English Spectacular 3D-rendering of the Roman Theatre in Orange in France (map) made only from OpenStreetMap data mapped by Marcel Herault ±
Week 12
(16–22 Mar.)
2015 ICMS and Kathmandu Living Labs mapping.jpg
English Mappers in action with ICMS and Kathmandu Living Labs in Nepal ±
Week 13
(23–29 Mar.)
Tronish Tangram style.png
English The "tronish" style showing Chigaco. View the animated dynamic 3D map here. One of several striking maps created by Mapzen using their "Tangram" system ±
Week 14
(30 Mar. – 5 Apr.)
QGIS supermarkets bus stops.png
English Using QGIS to create a map of supermarkets near bus stops. Data from Overpass API, presented as icons and a heatmap, and using Transport Map as the basemap. This is from a tutorial by (italian) ±
Week 15
(6–12 Apr.)
English Sorry, there was no image this week. ±
Week 16
(13–19 Apr.)
Field Papers ccALM.jpg
English Mapping by simply taking notes on a Field Papers printout. These OpenStreetMap activities took place as part of the Almería Creative Commons Film Festival ±
Week 17
(20–26 Apr.)
English The Scottish police use our maps to display different policing regions on their website, such as this Edinburgh region ±
Week 18
(27 Apr. – 3 May)
Bern Vegan Restaurant Map.png
English Map appearing on this website about vegan restaurants in Bern, which recently won the Swiss Press Award. The map is created using the simple uMap tool, with an OSM swiss style base-map ±
Week 19
(4–10 May)
2015 04 26 Nepal Earthquake Kathmandu living lab.png
English Kathmandu Living Labs have mapped their city in detail over the past few years, which is now putting OpenStreetMap in a great position to provide maps for aid agencies responding to the Nepal earthquake. Here we see them working outdoors in case of aftershocks, as they coordinate with HOT on further mapping, and providing outputs for aid responders ±
Week 20
(11–17 May)
Santa Traga.jpg
English German and Spanish students from a Comenius project mapping in A Guarda, Spain
The school The city The project Santa Trega Some results
Week 21
(18–24 May)
Hinweisschild Container voll mit OSM-Karte in Werdohl.jpg
English A signpost designed with maps from OpenStreetMap, showing the location of recycling bins in Werdohl, Germany ±
Week 22
(25–31 May)
Tangram crosshatch style.png
English Another Mapzen 'Tangram' style, this time emulating a sketchy drawing effect. Browse the map (uses WebGL) ±
Week 23
(1–7 Jun.)
SOTM France 2015 Montage.jpg
English OpenStreetMap France held their national conference, State of the Map France 2015, this weekend ±
Week 24
(8–14 Jun.)
SOTMUS 2015 audience.jpg
English A packed auditorium for State Of The Map U.S. 2015 this weekend in New York ±
Week 25
(15–21 Jun.)
Carto School Moscow 2015-05-30.jpg
English On 30th of May Maps.Me organized a "Mapping School" event in Moscow, where people were taught to survey a city block and map it in JOSM. Before and after image ±
Week 26
(22–28 Jun.)
Osm bbz sab.jpg
English Students from four countries came together for a Comenius school project MychOSM preparing field research on historical and geographical sites. This A0 print of OpenStreetMap was made using Mapwebbing ±
Week 27
(29 Jun. – 5 Jul.)
Europe retail marimekko.png
English User:SK53 has been investigating retail POI data, looking at the stats by country, and plotting this in a variety of ways. Read more on his blog post. This "Marimekko" diagram shows different retail types (shop tags) in different European countries. ±
Week 28
(6–12 Jul.)
Bendy roads visualisation.png
English Rory McCann analysed OpenStreetMap data to create this visualisation which answers the question "Where in the world has the straightest roads? ±
Week 29
(13–19 Jul.)
English Disneyland in California is celebrating its 60th anniversary this week. Kiosks, gardens and the routes of the roller-coasters, have all been mapped in glorious detail here on OpenStreetMap ±
Week 30
(20–26 Jul.)
A wallet with the map of Bremen by OSM.jpg
English This OpenStreetMap decorated wallet, manufactured by, was spotted on sale at the airport souvenirs shop in Bremen ±
Week 31
(27 Jul. – 2 Aug.)
English Participants of the first West African State Of The Map (SOTM)! Organized at the Campus Numérique Francophone (CNF) in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso last week. 20 mappers from 7 sub-region countries joined (Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, Togo), within the context of a capacity-building mission from the Projet Espace OpenStreetMap Francophone (Projet EOF). See the SOTMBF conference program ±
Week 32
(3–9 Aug.)
Air France seatback map display.jpg
English Air France have an interactive 3D globe map view on their seatback displays, with maps from OpenStreetMap! ±
Week 33
(10–16 Aug.)
London Hack Weekend Aug 2015 Montage.jpg
English The London Hack Weekend took place last weekend, with developers coming together to work on a wide variety of technical projects, as well as celebrating the OpenStreetMap birthday! ±
Week 34
(17–23 Aug.)
Unity city images.png
English Danny Goodayle experimented with OpenStreetMap data fed into the unity engine to create these and many more interesting city images ±
Week 35
(24–30 Aug.)
Mapping Party en el parque del Retiro de Madrid.jpg
English A mapping party in Parque del Retiro in Madrid, adding details of historical monuments and botanical targets to the map ±
Week 36
(31 Aug. – 6 Sep.)
English OpenStreetMap building data in New York, New York. This was initially imported from NYC government datasets and has since been refined manually, to give more detailed shapes to many skyscrapers (ongoing). Viewed here with OSG-Maps the 3D data also looks great on, on F4 Map, and other 3D#Viewing software ±
Week 37
(7–13 Sep.)
SOTM Latam 2015 group photo.jpg
English State of the Map Latin America took place this weekend in Santiago, Chile ±
Week 38
(14–20 Sep.)
English Transport campaigning website shows traffic modelling data from Transport For London, snapped onto OpenStreetMap road network data and overlaid over Stamen's black & white toner style base-map ±
Week 39
(21–27 Sep.)
Red Cross Cape Town Getting a GPS fix.jpg
English Volunteers verifying their position. The American Red Cross recently ran a community mapping exercise in Khayelitsha, a large township in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more on this diary entry including ways you can help with the ongoing mapping work ±
Week 40
(28 Sep. – 4 Oct.)
SOTM Taiwan 2015.jpg
English State Of The Map Taiwan took place in Taipei this month. Crisis response and urgency mapping is the main topic of the conference. ±
Week 41
(5–11 Oct.)
SOTM Catolonia 2015.jpg
English SOTM Catalonia conference took place in Barcelona last week, with talks such as this one on public transport mapping ±
Week 42
(12–18 Oct.)
SOTM Scotland 2015 photo montage.jpg
English State of the Map Scotland 2015 took place over five days in Edinburgh recently ±
Week 43
(19–25 Oct.)
Gandaria, Dhaka, Bangladesh dense mapping.png
English The Bangladesh OpenStreetMap community (facebook group) together with the Red Cross have been mapping the dense district of Gandaria in Dhaka ±
Week 44
(26 Oct. – 1 Nov.)
Inception maps.png
English Taking a flat map at the top, and bending it to form a street level 3D map at the bottom of the view. This effect is similar to the disturbing warped cityscapes in the movie 'Inception'. Here are two implementations running in the browser using tiled OpenStreetMap vector data with Tangram and with OSMBuildings. Read more on the googlemapsmania blog. ±
Week 45
(2–8 Nov.)
Standard style change Oct 2015 before and after.png
English The 'standard' OpenStreetMap style was recently changed to represent major roads types with a steady progression of hue and lightness, helping to make them visible over other land types colour. Read more on the blog ±
Week 46
(9–15 Nov.)
Sotm japan2015.jpg
English The State of the Map Japan OpenStreetMap conference was held in Hamamatsu City last week ±
Week 47
(16–22 Nov.)
Humanitarian mapping project editing activity timelines.png
English One of many visualisations by Martin Dittus from his slides full of stats & charts about humanitarian mapping projects. This shows projects by HOT and the recent Missing Maps Project, each with their own horizontal timeline, kicking off one after the other. Spikes of editing activity include the spectacular 2015 Nepal earthquake response. Read more here ±
Week 48
(23–29 Nov.)
RGM DIY mount mapillary.jpg
English A DIY motorbike mount by ProjectRGM in Brazil. All set up for serious data capture, running Mapillary to record a sequence of street level photos for easy OpenStreetMap data capture. ±
Week 49
(30 Nov. – 6 Dec.)
Italian prime minister official trips.png
English The map on this Italian government website shows trips made by Prime Minister Renzi. A simple but stylish Leaflet web map with black & white styled OpenStreetMap basemap by wikimedia Foundation ±
Week 50
(7–13 Dec.)
Milan shop mapping animation.gif
English The stylish shopping boutiques of Via Monte Napoleone, Milan, now mapped out in lots of detail thanks to user:Alecs01 ±
Week 51
(14–20 Dec.)
Roads to Rome.jpg
English All roads lead to Rome. So the saying goes, and so this image illustrates. See this and other great OSM routing powered images on ±
Week 52
(21–27 Dec.)
Temark node 1.jpg
English User te_mark found out that the node node 1 in its 13th version is just a kilometer away from him, so he went and made a photo of the tree it represents. It's a Christmas tree! (or a leaf_type=needleleaved at least) ±
Week 53
(28 Dec. – 3 Jan.)
Mexico City earthquake mapping event.jpg
English 'Simulacro Nacional' (National Earthquake Drill) took place in Mexico City, with a variety of digital disaster preparedness activities including a big OpenStreetMap training session ±