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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)

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)

Talk at Flisol Santa Fe, Argentina

Beatiful picture of a talk about OpenStreetMap in the Flisol 2018 event in Santa Fe, Argentina: https://twitter.com/OpenStreetMapAR/status/990081444453240833 -- Wille (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

Looks good. Who took these photos? -- Harry Wood (talk) 23:56, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Address interpolation in Santa Fe, Argentina

Beautiful picture of address interpolation data added in Santa Fe, Argentina: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dcnt3S1X0AA0J6j.jpg -- Wille (talk) 11:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

"Firefox can’t establish a connection to the server at pbs.twimg.com." Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 09:43, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
No problem for me (from France)... May be an issue with your ISP, or problem loading/checking one certificate from a signing intermediate CA, with OCSP under HTTPS (problems with Root CAs are unlikely), or some security suite (or privacy protector) on your PC blocking some Twitter service providers, or could be caused by your Internet connection via some bad VPN or rogue proxy. — Verdy_p (talk) 12:08, 27 May 2018 (UTC)

Reserve images

I noticed that frequently featured image is missing. I had an idea to make images showing some interesting features in Vespucci, StreetComplete, JOSM, iD. It feels not really fitting featured image but it may be better than blank space. What you think about this idea? Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 08:39, 2 July 2018 (UTC)

Yeah I like that idea. ..although I reckon we could also just feature more screenshots of interesting features -- Harry Wood (talk) 23:28, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

SotM poster competition

The poster competition at Milan featured some beautiful submissions. I believe that some of them, such as "Interchange Choreography" (the winning entry, iirc) and moovellab's parking space poster could make for good image of the week candidates. Do we have access to digital versions or maybe photographs of the posters? We may have to crop them, though – they were pretty huge. --Tordanik 17:02, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

Ah yes. The poster competition was a great source of images previously. I'll have to see if I can figure out who to ask about getting the images. -- Harry Wood (talk) 15:58, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Excellent to get a poster. Is there a gallery of all of the posters we could link to? --Andrew (talk) 16:58, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

OSM awards

Another SotM related idea: a photograph of one of the winners receiving an OSM award, or the work the award was given for. --Andrew (talk) 17:02, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

Yeah that could be a good idea for a topical "recent news" thing. Not sure which image would be best though. We already "featured" a nice photo on the blog. I think that was taken by Jinal Foflia. -- Harry Wood (talk) 21:05, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Numbers of proposals by status

We have a lot of proposal pages in this wiki. If interested I could plot how many there are in each category (like "Approved", ...). --Tigerfell This user is member of the wiki team of OSM (Let's talk) 19:35, 3 May 2019 (UTC)

Oh didm't understand what you meant by that at first. You mean you could create a infographic of stats around tagging proposals on the wiki. Yeah could be interesting! -- Harry Wood (talk) 16:31, 11 May 2019 (UTC)
Okay, I uploaded two charts to WM Commons

--Tigerfell This user is member of the wiki team of OSM (Let's talk) 11:35, 12 May 2019 (UTC)

So are you counting pages in categories on the wiki? Which categories? (What do the different titles mean?). What are the actual stats? (could maybe add those to the slices in the image). Is this showing that we have a lot of stale old information in the wiki? So is there are call to action around that? We could do with a diary entry or something to link to for more information. -- Harry Wood (talk) 12:37, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
Okay, I can write a diary entry probably on Friday explaining and expanding this. --Tigerfell This user is member of the wiki team of OSM (Let's talk) 19:47, 13 May 2019 (UTC)
Note that real number of abandoned is significantly here, just nobody bothered to fix categories Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 19:27, 19 September 2019 (UTC)


Tom Forth is developing parkulator http://imactivate.com/parkulator/ with maps highlighting car parking. He said (on twitter https://twitter.com/thomasforth/status/1134864667019489281 ) that he's still working on it so we should hold off on featureing it, but ....soon.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 17:03, 1 June 2019 (UTC)

Civil Protection and Disaster Relief in Slovenia

Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief uses OpenStreetMap in their mobile units


Map area in the photo: https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=16/46.1075/14.4797

-- User:Stefanb 12:59, 26 June 2019

I presume you're suggesting the photo inside the control van. Looks pretty cool. Does the photographer grant us permission to publish it CC-BY-SA? (best thing is if you can upload the image to the wiki yourself with the right license declaration)
-- Harry Wood (talk) 23:50, 30 June 2019 (UTC)
Outside of the van also provides nice visual context, so it would be nice to include that too, if possible. I have contacted the author of the Linkedin post via email and am awaiting his response.
-- Stefanb (talk) 07:54, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Ljubljana culture walk

The largest known printed OpenStreetMap map of Ljubljana so far:

Ljubljana culture walk.jpg

Spotted in the wild, and later also online on twitter https://twitter.com/TamTamSLO/status/1144581246590304256 and https://tam-tam.si/korak-do-kulture-ljubljana-poletje-2019/

Background map is definitely OSM, with all buildings removed and enlarged road name labels. The map is lacking OSM attribution :(

-- Stefanb (talk) 11:33, 9 August 2019 (UTC)

This is a very interesting find. Unfortunately, it seems to be lacking attribution (despite plenty of links at the bottom), and that QR code links to Google Maps of all places. I'm not sure if we want to endorse that by featuring it. --Tordanik 19:39, 9 August 2019 (UTC)
Yes, the attribution is sadly missing, but there is no doubt of OSM origin. Fighting that battle separately. The links and QR code at the bottom could be cropped out to not endorse Google maps. -- Stefanb (talk) 06:33, 10 August 2019 (UTC)
Yes we try to avoid featuring things like this where there is a failure to give us the require credits -- Harry Wood (talk) 19:49, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

All roads lead to Rome

Roman road system europe.jpg

Do you know the expression ["All roads lead to Rome!"](https://www.move-lab.com/projects/roads-to-rome?utm_source=subdomain&utm_medium=redirect&utm_campaign=rebrand)? The website [Move_Lab](https://www.move-lab.com/) has developed the project [Roads To Rome](http://roadstorome.moovellab.com/) which proves that this is true. All roads to Rome, and all other routes calculated during the course of this project have been navigated by the [GraphHopper](https://www.graphhopper.com/). The routing was based on OpenStreetMap data.

-- User:Nunoazevedo 13:27, 27 August 2019

It's a great image but I'm pretty sure we featured that already a few years back -- Harry Wood (talk) 22:39, 27 August 2019 (UTC)

SotM beer


I can has the photographer to release it under CC, if it would fit as a featured image. The bottle has an OSM map on the label. :)

-- Tyr (talk) 08:48, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

Oh nice! Yes User:Tyr Ask permission quick! There isn't much time -- Harry Wood (talk) 13:29, 17 September 2019 (UTC)
I'm asking about it here https://www.instagram.com/p/B2eequbiXVD/ but we'll need to hear back soon otherwise we'll need to ditch this in favour of other options, which would be a shame because this makes most sense "in the run up to SOTM" -- Harry Wood (talk) 14:36, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

OK here we go permission received:

SotM 2019 beer.jpg

Caption: "A special beer being brewed for the State of the Map 2019 this coming weekend"

Obviously timing makes sense for this leapfrog and go first now. Featuring this now.

-- Harry Wood (talk) 20:54, 17 September 2019 (UTC)


Motorbike openstreetmap ipad.png

By EIosdev. Thanks to OSMLatvija for the suggestion. A bit of re-mashing and permission received.

Here's a caption: "Motorbike set up by EIosdev on twitter with a built-in iPad running a custom developed OpenStreetMap navigation app."

So this one's ready to go (some time soon)

-- Harry Wood (talk) 14:36, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

StreetComplete way splitting

I am hilariously unobjective here, so I will just propose this one - https://user-images.githubusercontent.com/4661658/64928874-41702d80-d81e-11e9-9b48-452efd352305.gif from https://github.com/westnordost/StreetComplete/releases I can also make some other image with some new StreetComplete functionality like new quest - it may be better than no image at all what sometimes happens. If that would be a good idea, let me know. Without explicit encouragement I will not make an edit making it imotw Mateusz Konieczny (talk) 19:25, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Looks great to me. Could you upload the image to the wiki (with license details) and suggest a caption here?
-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:09, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

SOTM Group Photo

As is the tradition (and the most important current news), the SOTM group photo should be the featured image next week and... hurray! It has been published with an open license without me haven't ask! Nice work User:Thomersch

SOTM 2019 Group Photo.jpg

Caption: Over 500 people have converged on Heidelberg this weekend for the big OpenStreetMap international conference State of the Map 2019

Scheduling this now for next week

-- Harry Wood (talk) 01:02, 22 September 2019 (UTC)