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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)

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)

Interestingly the image belos about worldwide road coverage statistics completely confirms my observation by adding figures for Mongolia, China, Central Asia, Afghanistan. But I did not realize that the Saharian region is also far from completeness. The image below however contradicts the conclusion about US coverage, with most of the west turning almost white (except the west coast), even if US Data shows a good coverage: this just indicates that there are less people in this midwest but that they are adequately connected with roads, but at longer distance. This is confirmed when you look at the Amazonian region, where rivers, not roads, are the major communication mean for long distances and other highways are just unstable paths or tracks in the nature; the same applies to central Australia.
We know the difficulties to map China, but Mongolia really needs a community effort to boost it and it should be possible (this should also be possible in Afghanistan, given the military presence, but I fear that most of the imagery is unusable, still covered by military secrets on ongoing operations. As well, we should be able to map the Saharian region and reach completeness in Morocco and most of the coasts from Algeria to Egypt, just like it is possible in Syria. But for Mongolia, mapping roads are probably less important than mapping the huge natural environment of lands and one of the first need would be to map waterways and places with trees, outside the heavily populated. But even the country capital region needs mapping of the complex network of roads and streets in the giant poor suburbs, just like what was possible in Peru. — Verdy_p (talk) 02:27, 8 September 2017 (UTC)
In relation to "feaured images" are you suggesting an image here? or suggesting we look for an image promoting mapping here. -- Harry Wood (talk) 01:37, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

HOT activates for multiple disasters in September

September has seen multiple emergency events occuring in eastern and northern Caribbean (hurricanes), Mexico (earthquakes), Southern Asia (floodings in Bangladesh, Northeastern India, Nepal, and Rohinghias refugees in Bangladesh), and Indonesia/Vanuatu (volcanoes).

Mapping for other hurricanes (notably Harvey) in North-Eastern Mexico and southern US are still going on.

There's lot of work to do and I'd like to feature some significant image for what is being done now that the news reports are less focusing on the emergencies.

I'd like to feature a significant image for these ongoing projects (see them all in https://www.hotosm.org/projects/hot_activates_for_multiple_disasters), because we really need more mappers and more mapathons to be interested in participating in these projects, now that the news are less focused (and we see these started projects fading out in activity at the same time that these events have been multiplied, even if we chose to delay many of them that are drafted but still not finished). Also we need experienced mappers for validation (notably in Mexico where this is difficult to validate).

But I don't know which image to choose precisely. This is being talked on https://hotosm.slack.com/ (in #communications and #disaster-mapping channels).

Anyway there's still US coverage for Maria, and Puerto Rico is far from being finished but we've seen some news reports about what is done in HOT, notably in Puerto Rico, they show an screen capture of the map displayed in HOT Tasking manager for completion of a task (from http://tasks.hotosm.org/project/3631, now completed and archived). I'd like to feature this image too.

But we should link to the previous HOTOSM blog article that provides multiple links for all the related projects. The top photograph in the blog article could be useful too as an alternative (it's not worse than displaying a few people in a local meeting). My opinion is that this blog article should be featured now for next week.

Verdy_p (talk) 13:46, 4 October 2017 (UTC)

Featured dates and edit links

@Wille Note: I update the file description page to indicate it is featured with a date (using {{Featured date|ISO year|ISO week number}}, so that provided translations also appear below and translations can be also added from the link displayed on the page. These descriptions appear below the original description. — Verdy_p (talk) 13:12, 24 February 2018 (UTC)

Note also that I've simplified the navigation a few weeks ago on the Featured images main page, by adding the template that displays the next week, with small edit links for the image and the description, like on the current week. We no longer have to navigate the history page to edit them.
As well the description that is displayed on the Main page for the current week includes that small edit link, so that visitors can immediately add it. They can also click on the image itself to see its own description page that displays all translations with the edit link for adding translations (because I have added the {{Featured date|ISO year|ISO week number|optional last ISO week number}} template in them).
Finally, for the old images in the history, that were not scheduled regularly every week, I've recently allowed the syntax {{Featured date|yyyy-mm-dd}} with a single parameter, to allow specifying a starting date (in Gregorian ISO format, without week numbers, but normal calendar dates with year, month, day of month; it must be parsable by "#time:"), and {{Featured date|yyyy-mm-dd|yyy2-m2-d2}} allows specifying a date range: this is used for sorting them correctly in categories by year (they have no editable translation templates for now, translated descriptions can be in the image description itself).
As well, {{FeaturedAnim}} is now a variant of {{Featured date}} with the same parameter(s), the only difference being that it's meant for animated images and they are added into a second category (which is there since long, but not very populated, so it's not split into categories by year for now). Only one of these two templates is needed in image description pages. — Verdy_p (talk) 18:53, 24 February 2018 (UTC)

Nice retail/services diversity


Diversity of OpenStreetMap retail and services in Nice, France. Orange means high diversity of retail and services and purple represents low diversity. Image produced by Alessandro Venerandi. -- Wille (talk) 15:50, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for this one too User:Wille! Featuring now -- Harry Wood (talk) 00:50, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Biergarten 3d visualisation


TODO: Ask for permission. + write caption

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