OpenStreetMap and the Wikimedia Discovery Department have collaborated to launch a new trial map tile rendering service available at https://maps.wikimedia.org. With this service we hope to encourage our community to create tools and integrations to develop new ways for readers and editors to discover Wikimedia content. We strongly believe that our knowledge engine needs to be powered by multiple entry points and think that maps are a key discovery tool.
The service is currently in a experimental mode meaning that at times it may be rapidly changing and unstable. Currently, we can only handle traffic from *.wmflabs.org and *.wikivoyage.org (referrer header must be either missing or set to these values) but we hope to open it up to Wikipedia traffic if we see enough use.
You can interact with the live beta at https://maps.wikimedia.org
Kartographer extension allows editors to insert a map and add article specific data into wiki pages, such as shapes and points of interest. Kartographer also has a Visual Editor interface to make it easy to add maps.
Kartographer extension has been enabled on all Wikivoyage projects and mediawiki.org.
The Wikipedia Android app shows all nearby articles on a map using the Maps service.
Geohack, used by Wikipedia to provide links to various mapping services, for both the Russian and Italian Wikipedias uses the Wikimedia hosted tiles. English, and other wiki's are planned for the future.
Milestones and Updates
- See here
Production maps cluster
- Kartotherian Github (primary) / Gerrit (mirror) - a server capable of providing map tiles in vector (pbf) or raster (png) formats, as well as static map snapshots of any size for a given location.
- Tilerator Github (primary) / Gerrit (mirror) – a distributed backend tile generation service with a jobque
- A flexible sources system to set up the needed storage and processing pipeline
A version of the tile server is now in operation at maps.wikimedia.org.
- It serves tiles at URLs such as https://maps.wikimedia.org/osm-intl/11/327/791.png (bitmap) or …/791.json (OSM data – waterways, roads, place labels, etc.).
- It can scale images for the high-DPI devices – e.g. 1.5x, 2x, etc …/firstname.lastname@example.org
- It can provide static maps with a given size and scaling, e.g. https://maps.wikimedia.org/img/osm-intl,6,44.8247,4.9981,1000x600.png
- For now, maps.wikimedia.org only accepts requests from the domains in
- Please adapt your own labs tools to use
maps.wikimedia.org! Set your tool's domain to
- Maps Technical Implementation - further technical documentation on the implementation of Maps
- Tile server implementation - technical details on how the server presenting and storing the map tiles is implemented
- Maps KPI's
- WMF-related maps guide at Wikitech.
- In Phabricator, see current work and the task list
- OpenStreetMap page in Meta (historical from 2009 to 2011)
- Collaboration with Wikipedia page in OSM wiki
- Code statistics on OpenHub