Wikivoyage talk:Listings/Mapmaking Expedition 2014-2015

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British ordance survey tools[edit]

Anything here that we or Open Street Map can use?

Ordnance Survey adds four new products to its open data portfolio Pashley (talk) 07:37, 27 March 2015 (UTC)

Help making a map[edit]

Swept in from the pub

Hello everybody. I just created an itinerary for Ruta del Tránsito, the transcontinental route through southern Nicaragua that had tremendous importance in the second third of the 19th century and is now marketed by the Nicaraguan government. Besides a nice banner (for which I have made a couple of suggestions) this article lacks a good map. I do not know how they are made, but I could easily point out any factual errors in any map made and would be willing to help if somebody is patient enough to explain it to a digital novice like myself. Thanks in advance and best wishes Hobbitschuster (talk) 16:05, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Have a look at the links at the top of Wikivoyage:Maps. The process for creating a map varies depending on whether you want to create a static map or a dynamic map. -- Ryan • (talk) •
It is possible to show GPX traces on a dynamic map; Bertha Benz Memorial Route is the usual example, they're also on both Trans-Canada Highway articles and a few others? K7L (talk) 16:16, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
I am sorry, but I can't make any sense of the map things. Is there just some thing that you can click to insert a map like there is for picture or strange letters? Or do I have to do all that "by hand"? I got as far as searching the coordinates of the westernmost (San Juan del Sur) Easternmost (Greytown / San Juan del Norte) and Northernmost point of the route (Granada) but I don not know what to do with them or how to make them into a map. I am sorry, but I do not understand how this is done at all... Hobbitschuster (talk) 16:38, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
I've added a dynamic map and a marker. Now you just need to plagiarize it and you'll have the points. If you want a "complete route plotted" too, that's a bit time consuming but possible. ϒpsilon (talk) 17:16, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
I added the points. I guess the route is rather self evident. There is one little "nice to have" thing that bugs me, though: the Solentiname islands are not in the right order, as you cannot reach them without going to San Carlos first. I will experiment on how to fix them. I made the "optional" destinations along the route "do" rather than "see" listings in order form them to appear differently on the map. I hope this doesn't cause problems down the line. Hobbitschuster (talk) 17:43, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for your help, btw User:Ypsilon Hobbitschuster (talk) 18:36, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

New graphing software is rumored to make maps[edit]

Swept in from the pub

There's an upcoming tech talk about the new Vega-based graphing system this week. It's 13:00 PDT on Thursday, 14 May (21:00 UTC). If you're interested, the link is There should be a demo as well as some technical information about how the system is built. I believe that this can make some kinds of static, vector-based maps, so naturally I thought of Wikivoyage's need for good maps. Please share this link with anyone who may be interested. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:23, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

How about using that for region maps? Let's at least give it a try :-) Region maps would gain at being more easily changeable. Syced (talk) 12:34, 13 May 2015 (UTC)

NY Public Library[edit]

20,000 downloadable maps I have not checked their licensing so do not know if we can use them directly, but these should at least be useful in developing our maps. Pashley (talk) 12:29, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

These look to be historical maps in the public domain (Creative Commons CC-0). Late 1800s, early 1900s. K7L (talk) 13:06, 6 September 2015 (UTC)

Article on map design[edit]

Seen on Slashdot: The Cartographer Who’s Transforming Map Design. Anything we can use? Pashley (talk) 13:33, 7 September 2015 (UTC)

Also The Game of Thrones cartographer explains how to draw maps Pashley (talk) 12:44, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Proposed IEG project[edit]

I've proposed an Individual Engagement Grant project to do some work on the maps style for the new work out of Discovery:

I'm proposing working on road labels and borders. I'm not proposing to work on place labels as part of the IEG, because I had trouble defining good acceptance criteria. I didn't want an open-ended project where I'd have a hard time calling it done. Pnorman (talk) 19:34, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Layer Mapnik[edit]

Map tiles "Mapnik" by the WMFLabs servers were often unreliable. The reference address has now been changed to the external OpenStreetMap server. The Layer "M=Mapnik" may no longer be used as a default layer because OSM sets a lock when mass retrieve. By default, the layer "W=Wikimedia" should entered into the templates. If there is no layer information, "W" is set by default by PoiMap2 script. -- Mey2008 (talk) 13:10, 21 December 2015 (UTC)