OpenStreetMap India site proposal

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Community made maps, for Indians.


To be the hub of open source map data and related services for use within India.


The global homepage of the OpenStreetMap project is hosted at and acts as the starting point for anyone interested in the project. Due to the generic nature of the .org homepage and the default maps that are visible, it is not apparent that the core of the project, is led by ordinary citizens voluntarily mapping out their neighbourhoods. The general impression of first time visitors is that OSM is merely an alternative map to Google, but nothing beyond that.

Having a local domain will propogate the idea that the project and website is more local in nature and the maps takes into account the various infrastructural and cultural differences of the country. It also gives the Indian mapping and technology community a platform to showcase their skills and leadership abilities to drive open source projects locally.

Key Benefits

Promote OSM as a project with grassroots level scope in India

Conform to local laws pertaining to the display of India’s external boundaries

Rendering of map features unique to India

Multilingual labelling

Provide a platform to showcase local community and technology talent

Government recognition

User scenarios

Citizen mapper

Civic activist




IT Services

Government civic services


Phase 1 - Indian map

Custom map tiles made with an India specific carto stylesheet

Nominatim search

Data download section for processed .osm extracts

Phase 2 - Showcase data richness

Overlay layer to display non latin names

Multiple tile layers for different use cases

Phase 3 - Increase participation

Wikidata integration to translate place names

Community section for coordination of mapping activities and progress

Phase 4 - Mashups to increase reach

Wikipedia integration to make the map a learning tool

Integrate routing capabilities

Phase 5 - Improve performance

Minutely diffs for near real time map updates

Mobile/low bandwidth version of the site and tiles

Phase 6 - Future

Vector based map rendering

Historical maps

3d exports