WIWOSM (Wikipedia where in OSM) is a project to show for a Wikipedia article geometric objects from OpenStreetMap. These objects have a matching wikipedia=* tag. The usage of WIWOSM will be primarily at maps inside Wikipedia (OSM-Gadget and WikiMiniAtlas).
- 1 Commons on OSM
- 2 kml-on-ol
- 3 Advantages
- 4 Object types
- 5 Technical procedure
- 6 Source code
- 7 Lists for testing
- 8 FAQ
- 9 To-Do
- 10 Creators / Contact
- 11 Events
- 12 See also
Commons on OSM
A map exists with all the known geocoded Wikimedia Commons images: https://tools.wmflabs.org/wiwosm/osm-on-ol/commons-on-osm.php
Linked from all pages in wikipedia:commons:Category:Media with locations and wikipedia:commons:Category:Categories with coordinates.
|fix the tagging errors|
- Example page
Shows Austria on the map. The title-parameter in the URL is the Wikipedia article in the english Wikipedia, instead the OSM-relation for Austria use the tagging for German Wikipedia: wikipedia=de:Österreich. The existing Wikipedia-side interwiki language links from Wikipedia area indexed, so only a single extra tag is needed on the OpenStreetMap side, and this can be any one of the Wikipedia language articles.
Objects which can be referred to using WIWOSM no longer need to be "hardlinked". Previously, the only possible way to link a certain object was to refer to its OSM-ID. The problem with that is that the ID can change and thus break the link.
- Advantages for Wikipedia
- The project will give users of Wikipedia a one-click, detailed view of complex geographical objects like rivers, streets and districts. It increases the potential of Wikipedia's geocoding, where an article gets only a point by describing complex lines and polygons. Geometry from OSM helps us to show maps at the right zoom level.
- WIWOSM will connect Wikipedia content with the opportunities of a Geographic information system. So we can say e.g. how large an article object is or which articles are within the subject of another article.
- Advantages for OpenStreetMap
- This project shows that OpenStreetMap is more than a map; it's a database with a lot of use cases. Wikipedians will be encouraged to become OpenStreetMap editors and this will help to improve quality. The connection to Wikidata will also help to translate a lot of object labels into different languages.
OpenStreetMap has different representations for objects. This means a place can be represented by a node (a single point) or a multipolygon (an area). We want the most complex representation for this project. A single node brings us no additional information on the map compared to the usual geocoding in Wikipedia. On the other hand the place node for a city has a lot of additional data so it would be nice to connect it with Wikipedia.
The project idea is very good and simple to bring many OSM objects to one Wikipedia article. In the reverse it is not possible to tag one OSM object with more than one Wikipedia article. As solution for that we see the usage of relations.
Please have in mind that the scope of Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap differs at some points. So please do not add things to OSM that are out of project scope like historic stuff or ranges of specimen. We hope to solve this problem later with other projects, like http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Attached_KML.
You should also respect that the system has limits. So if you want to tag all post boxes in the world for the article "Post Box", it will not work and you will see protest from OSM-community. Please discuses such ideas before. The system seems also not good for collecting articles in Wikipedia like Streets in Oslo. If you want to have maps in Wikipedia for this it's perhaps better to ask the Wikipedia Map workshop.
The project use the data of the mapnik-database on toolserver.org. This brings sometimes a larger replication delay: munin-stat
Filtering by wikipedia-tag
|wikipedia=lang:article||wikipedia=de:Dresden||preferred tagging scheme. One tag is enough!|
|wikipedia:lang=article||wikipedia:de=Dresden||works, too. If multiple wikipedia tags are found, we use the first we can get. We get other languages from Wikipedias Inter language links|
|wikipedia=http://lang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article||wikipedia=http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden||is parsed (also with https)|
|wikipedia:lang=http://lang.wikipedia.org/wiki/Article||wikipedia:de=http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dresden||is parsed, too (also with https)|
|wikipedia=lang:list-xy#object||wikipedia=de:Liste der Kirchengebäude in Chemnitz#Schlosskirche||anchors separated by '#' for objects without an own article but with an entry in a list article. As disadvantage this will be not so stable like full article names and doesn't support inter wiki links. Linked Wikipedia articles are possible to jump exactly to the right position:on Wikipedia Example (a church in a list of churches).|
|wikidata=wikidata_entity||wikidata=Q1731||Since April 2014, we have a beta support for the wikidata-tag. You can refer to a Q-Number of a wikidata entity.|
||is shown in the broken.html log. We need a defined language and don't want to guess one! Please help to fix it!|
Please make sure you don't use a name which gets redirected in Wikipedia!
Example: Frasher at WIWOSM doesn't work.on Wikipedia gets redirected to on Wikipedia, but
WIWOSM uses wikidata to link all the different articles in many different wikis that describe the same thing.
The procedure is to look in the wikidata table 'wb_items_per_site' for the Wikidata-ID (that one beginning with Q...) and to get all linked articles by that number.
You can ask the API for a wikidata object by its ID like:
or the map like
Thanks to many nice users we reduced some wrong wikipedia-tags (about 44000 Objects) to just ~4000. Awesome!
With the new Wikidata linking process, we find some other bugs, that were not addressed in the past.
The reasons for that could be:
- bugs in WIWOSM
- bugs in Wikidata (or the toolserver clone of it)
- bugs in the tagging in OSM
You can have a look in the log and test some articles that could not be found. Maybe we can reduce the errors again. ;)
Check out the WIWOSM processing log in different formats here:
|json||http://tools.wmflabs.org/wiwosm/wiwosmlog/broken.php||Get the newest error log as gzipped json file.|
|html||http://tools.wmflabs.org/wiwosm/wiwosmlog/broken.html||View the log in your Browser, with some helpfull edit links and filtering.|
|html||http://osm.jjaf.de/wiwosm/log/?stats|| Thanks to User:Jjaf.de we have some statistics with edit links.|
You can use filters for example: http://osm.jjaf.de/wiwosm/log/?t=r&s=DE to get relations in germany. (works with TSV and ods spreadsheet, too)
|tsv||http://osm.jjaf.de/wiwosm/log/||You can get it as tab separated file.|
|ods||http://osm.jjaf.de/wiwosm/log/broken.ods||This is an open document spreadsheet.|
Have fun with fixing errors!
For objects with with a lot of points we use the PostGIS-function ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology() to reduce the data we send to the browser. We also reduce the decimal places. The simplify strategy at this moment is this:
ST_AsGeoJSON( CASE WHEN ST_NPoints(ST_Collect(way))<10000 THEN ST_Collect(way) WHEN ST_NPoints(ST_Collect(way)) BETWEEN 10000 AND 20000 THEN ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology(ST_Collect(way),(ST_Perimeter(ST_Collect(way))+ST_Length(ST_Collect(way)))/500000) WHEN ST_NPoints(ST_Collect(way)) BETWEEN 20000 AND 40000 THEN ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology(ST_Collect(way),(ST_Perimeter(ST_Collect(way))+ST_Length(ST_Collect(way)))/200000) WHEN ST_NPoints(ST_Collect(way)) BETWEEN 40000 AND 60000 THEN ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology(ST_Collect(way),(ST_Perimeter(ST_Collect(way))+ST_Length(ST_Collect(way)))/150000) ELSE ST_SimplifyPreserveTopology(ST_Collect(way),(ST_Perimeter(ST_Collect(way))+ST_Length(ST_Collect(way)))/100000) END ,9) AS geojson
If you have a good idea to optimize it, let us know, please.
GeoJSON & compression
We use the InterWikiLinks of Wikipedia to create hardlinks in the file system.
The filesystem structure is based on a hashing algorithm called FNV.
The process is as follows:
1. build a String with the language followed by article with underscores replaced by spaces 2. compute the fnv hash of this string for example 1A00A138 in hexadecimal format 3. build the file path like /1A/1A00/1A00A138_lang_articlename.geojson.gz (with forbidden chars removed from lang and articlename and cropped at 230 chars) 4. write the gzip compressed GeoJSON to that file 5. for every other language found for an article by Interlanguag links do 1-3 and create a hard link in the filesystem to that file
The advantage of this procedure is a fast access to the right geojson file, if you know language and article, without database queries or such stuff. Also we are able to support simpler update strategies by only updating one file without lookup on interwiki links.
- A partial update (smart update) runs every night but Wednesday. Wednesday a full update is made: the whole directory is thrown away and completely new generated. The smart update doesn't check if an OSM-object or its wikipedia tag was deleted or if new languages in inter language links in wikipedia were added. This is only done on full update. The full update takes >84min instead of >34min for a smart update.
If you add a new Wikipedia-Tag and can not wait, you can update with (URL:+"?...&action=purge"). This procedure is relative expensive for us and needs 30-60 sec to be finished, because we have to look up this article in the hstore of the mapnik db on toolserver.(disabled since 2014)
So if you can, please wait to next day and be careful with this feature (Don't send the URL to a mailing list.). Have also in mind that the toolserver database has a replication lag of some minutes, so please wait after your edit at least 5 minutes.
By 2014-04-18 the API-URLwas moved from
labs resulting in a new URL
The old URL should be redirected at the moment - but it is not!
You can get the
Returns GeoJSON or
HTTP 404 Not Found if it does not exist.
If you want to explicit check if an WIWOSM object is there without fetching its content you can use the
1 on existing objects or
If you explicitly want to regenerate a single WIWOSM-object before the nightly update process you can use (disabled since 2014)
action=purge but use with care!
Lists for testing
At the following list you can find some links to example maps:
- http://toolserver.org/~kolossos/openlayers/wiwosm-list.php?BBOX=11.65,50.13,15.2,51.7 (Example: Saxony)
|Wikipedia||wikipedia=* in||OSM||Result on Toolserver|
- Feature xyz I added to the map isn't in Wikipedia yet
Check the log to see if data has been renewed since you edit, and if there are no problems with your data.
- testing, testing, testing
- resolve and support proposals for more complex tagging
Creators / Contact
- 2012-07-10 WIWOSM is now running in all Wikipedia versions (not running in Internet Explorer)
- 2012-03-21 WIWOSM starts it beta-phase and going live in German Wikipedia
- after OSM license-change WIWOSM will go live in other Wikipedia
- Add-tags - web service to assist in adding wikipedia tags to OSM objects with the use of JOSM's RemoteControl feature
- OSM-Wikipedia place name tool - on Toolserver
- WikiMiniAtlas - Map widget based on OpenStreetMap data, active on many wikipedia sites; displays WIWOSM data
- JOSM Wikipedia Plugin - A JOSM plugin which shows a list of Wikipedia articles regarding the area in which the user is mapping (by position or by category). It lets the mapper to add the wikipedia tag by a simple double click, and it also indicates the objects already delivered by WIWOSM server.
- Osmose analyser - An Osmose wikipedia tag analyse. Partial world coverage.