Wikivoyage:Cooperating with OpenStreetMap

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OpenStreetMap is a free, editable map of the whole world.

How we can use OpenStreetMap[edit]

Travel guides needs maps for a variety of reasons:

  • showing travel regions like United States of America
  • showing where attractions, bars and hotels are in a city map, like Chicago/Loop
  • showing detail on large free-standing attractions like Borobudur
  • showing maps of public transport systems

Most maps and satellite imagery are copyrighted by a site's owner. However, OpenStreetMap uses a license that allows their maps to be freely used, as long as attribution is given to its contributors. This means it's a great source for our maps!

OpenStreetMap is licensed under the Open Data Commons Open Database License (ODbL).


Sometimes, OSM users generate photographs with embedded GPS co-ordinates as part of their mapping efforts. These may be useful to us if imported to Wikimedia Commons. See [1].

Benefits for OpenStreetMap[edit]

But it works both ways: while Wikivoyage uses OSM for its travel maps, our input is worthwhile for OpenStreetMap. OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project that is edited, improved and built upon by everyone. This means you can add Wikivoyage listings such as bars, restaurants and hotels to OSM. Also, if you're working on a map of a certain region that has a low coverage on OSM, you can start tracing the map on OSM and then use it for your own travel map afterwards. This way the OSM project moves forward as do we.

Linking to OpenStreetMap[edit]

Links to OpenStreetMap-based maps appear in the upper right corner of a destination article. To add a map of a destination, add {{geo|lat|long}} to the page, where lat and long stand for a destination's coordinates. For example, add {{geo|51.5086|-0.1264}} for London.

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