Maps/Future Plans

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Please help us by adding any unlisted use-cases you think would be beneficial, including links to anything similar.
Also, please indicate who would benefit/what community would like to participate, and if you want to take part in this effort

Related Projects[edit]

Wiki Articles (reading)[edit]

  • Show an interactive (zoomable and panable) map in an article.
  • A reader wants to see a zoomable, pannable map immediately when they click geo-coordinates on an article.
  • A reader wants to visualize geospatial data (country and city outlines, river courses, habitats for animals etc.)
  • A reader can explore complex shapes (highways, geographic borders etc.) inside the infoboxes much better by using a slippymap than a static image. (need support for: kml, geoJSON, topoJSON)
  • Show Raster imagery of earth, e.g. from Natural Earth, and other planets/celestial bodies. Overlay them with useful info.
  • A user wants to see the map in a language that they can read, see OSM:Multilingual_maps_Wikipedia_project.
  • A reader wants a link to explore linear features such as roads, train lines, flight paths, etc. as a layer on top of an open data background map – i.e. an alternative to Google maps and Bing maps (need support for kml files - see Template:Attached_KML below )

Existing Tools[edit]

  • OSM-Gadget 2.0
  • slippymap (legacy raster mod_tile map)
  • phab:T35980 – Wikimedia-hosted OpenStreetMap (OSM) / mapnik tileservers wanted for mobile usage.
  • WikiMiniAtlas deployed on major Wikipedias for years now, supporting over 50 languages. Click the drop-down arrow next to coordinates on any Wikipedia article.
  • OpenStreetMap embedded in MediaWiki (see de:WP:GEO/Anwendungen/OpenStreetMap/en) – used in many Wikipedias (d:Q11426484)
  • WIWOSM, linkage between Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap – shows geometric objects from OSM for a Wikipedia article
  • OpenStreetMapFrame.js by User:Krinkle - e.g. Salzburg - click (Kaart) in the upper right corner.
  • en:Template:Attached KML (see d:Q6690822 for the equivilent on other wikis) – links to view an article's related KML file on Google maps or Bing maps, or to download the raw KML file. Note that KML files are actually stored as text in the subpages of the template (they can't be uploaded as files until phab:T28059 is resolved).

Wiki Articles (editing)[edit]

  • A way to easily add a map to a Wikipedia article without leaving the Wikipedia site - e.g. a Visual Editor feature "insert map", with zooming and panning capabilities. We already have some proof of concept code so we just need some API endpoints. ESanders (WMF)
  • An editor wants to add geographic information about the location where they currently are.
  • An editor want to create a complex, individual map to show relations of objects that are mention in a article, see UMAP.
  • An editor wants to gather on an embedded map coordinates from a list (local monuments lists for Wiki loves Monuments for example)
  • An editor wants to select which layers (eg boundaries, relief, or whatever) are displayed and then have good control of marks, labels, etc via explicit coord-based markup - ie not just something that automatically picks up every coordinate in a section or page - although that might also be nice.
  • An editor wants to add thumbnail maps to infoboxes of geo articles, building articles, public art articles.



Map Browser/Atlas[edit]

  • A reader wants to navigate articles with an atlas (instead of typing a page name or URL, zoom and pan a map, and click pins)


  • An editor wants to add coordinate information to a photo on Commons or wants to easily justify it.
  • A reader wants to browse Wikimedia Commons images on a map.
  • A reader/Commons user/editor wants to find scanned maps by selecting the area on a slippy map. Wikimaps design doc. Susannaanas
  • An editor wants to elaborate a map's metadata. Currently, transform data in any other template into the Map template.
  • An editor wants to declare a set of maps as sheets in a map or an atlas. The Wikimaps project proposes using categories for atlases.
  • An editor wants to georeference an entire atlas.
  • An editor wants to batch edit metadata for a category of maps.
  • A reader wants to view an entire atlas on a slippy map (Media Viewer?)
  • An editor wants to add the coordinates of a picture topic and where it has been taken (point of view)


  • An editor wants to specify a map on Wikidata so it can be reused on any of the wikiarticles associated with that Wikidata item. One Wikidata item may have multiple associated maps - location map, current borders, historic borders (start date =?), etc. each with a specification stored on Wikidata. These specifications specify what layers are to be used, from where (OSM or OHM or other) but probably don't include the map data.
  • A Wikidata editor wants to describe changing names and geographic information (eg borders) for places. The item can also refer to an external service for the geometry or it can be synchronized with an external service. OpenHistoricalMap would be ideal for historical data, OpenStreetMap for current geodata, but thematic geographic data does not have a candidate for storage.
    • The historical and alternative place names and variants can be used in many location-aware activities, such as using them to search for a place on an old map or the location mentioned in a text.
    • The geographic data can be animated in a map illustrating an article (eg. the changing borders of Europe)
    • Place names can also be matched with external authority databases.
  • An editor wants to associate an Wikidata item with a complex geographical feature (road, river, etc.), not just a singular coordinate point.

Mobile App[edit]

  • User is able to see the map of the nearby points of interests from the mobile app
  • User is able to explore points of interest next to the current article
  • User is able to view articles similar to the current one on the map (based on Wikidata class)
  • Mobile map is a complete replacement for the wikivoyage interface - layers for each type of element (eat, museum, sleep etc.) shown on the map with linking to element data on wikidata, localised by wikidata in your language. You will be able to access and edit wikivoyage info without ever going to the wikivoyage wikis.

Media Viewer[edit]

  • A reader wants to view scanned maps in the Media Viewer: view, pan, zoom with possible annotations.
  • A reader wants to view a scanned map placed on a map: The map can be represented as a POI if there is no better data or an overlay.
  • An editor wants to access maps tools through the Media Viewer: For example: warp (Warper), crop (Crop tool) / mask (Warper), iD editor for OSM / OHM, map locator map, annotate.
  • A reader wants to view a photograph placed on a map. Additionally more items (images, articles etc.) can be placed on the map, filtered by time.
  • An editor wants to access tools for the photographs: crop/mask, place on a map, annotate.
  • A reader wants to view an entire atlas (a category of images) pinned or overlaid on a slippy map


  • A reader wants to find the map, scanned maps, articles, media and sources that describe a place at a certain time. A map based search interface is needed.

Interactive Globe[edit]

  • A user wants to view a map as a globe, rotatable and zoomable in 3D rather than as a flat projection in order to better appreciate the true spatial and area relationships and overcome the distortion and limitations of flat projections.
  • An editor want to do this simply by tagging an existing map with the latitude and longitude of its edges.
  • Another editor would prefer to do this by dragging the map onto a template