Simon Legner | 16 May 21:27 2016
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Lcoator-tool

Hi all,

I'm not totally sure whether this is the correct mailing list, but the
topic is very map related :)

I always figured that there should be a comfortable way for geocoding
existing files on Wikimedia Commons. However, Commons:Geocoding only
mentions tools that somehow generate a {{Location}} string which has
to be inserted manually afterwards.

That's why I tried to tackle this problem. The outcome is the
locator-tool: https://tools.wmflabs.org/locator-tool/

The idea is that you generate/insert a list of media files to geocode.
Afterwards you take file by file, select its location on an
interactive OpenStreetMap-based map. The tool will automatically
generate the {{Location}} string and insert/update the wikitext.

The web application is mostly written in JavaScript using the
AngularJS framework. Only the OAuth and editing stuff requires a slim
backend written in Python/Flask.

Currently it only supports editing {{Location}} templates, but not
{{Object location}}. As far as I understand, the latter is not
returned by the API (action=query, prop=coordinates)? The camera
heading isn't yet editable neither.

Cheers from Austria,
Simon

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Yogesh K S | 16 Mar 16:11 2016
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Re: Wiki maps news and updates

Hi Yurik,

Thank you for making this ready to use on Wikivoyage. Hope to see this coming up soon on other projects too. I see that <maps> tag has been changed to <mapframe> since last time you had made announcement in Feb - https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/maps-l/2016-February/001464.html

Is modes option removed now? I see no change when I try modes here - http://vem3.wmflabs.org/wiki/Kn/ಹಾಸನ_ತಾಲೂಕುಗಳು


cheers,
yogi

On 03/15/2016 05:43 AM, Yuri Astrakhan wrote:
The quest to bring maps to Wikipedia continues:
* Kartographer has launched for WikiVoyage
* Julien Girault will help maps with his UI expertise
* Talk to us at the FreeNode IRC channel #wikipedia-interactive


Last week we enabled Kartographer extension for Wikivoyage sites, allowing users to add maps to wiki pages without any additional wmflabs and JavaScript tricks.  Now you can simply add a <mapframe> or <maplink> to a wiki page, or even use the Visual Editor to insert a map. Additionally, you can:

* add markers and polygons visually
* edit geojson and see how it changes the map on each keystroke
* add auto-numbered markers (either numbers or letters), and have multiple counters
* have multiple "groups" of markers/polygons and showing them on the same map or on separate maps (e.g. all food and all drink maps and one combined map)
* markers can be of any color, 3 sizes, and contain many different icons
* markers and polygons can be clicked and will show popups with wiki text and images
* very fast full screen popup map


== What's next? ==
There will be plenty of cleanup and polishing work to make Kartographer work seamlessly. We will need to address the missing functionality reported to us by the community, and help migrate existing wmflabs-based maps to the new platform. Lastly, VE editing will need some more work to become indispensable. 

Yet, our site is still set on the bigger target - maps for all of Wikipedia. For that we are waiting for more hardware, plus we will need to improve our static maps service to be able to handle wiki-load.



Thank you Max Semenik, Ed Sanders, Alex Kosiaris, Brandon Black, Chris Koerner, Chris Steipp, Tomasz Finc, and Wes Moran for making this possible.


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Yuri Astrakhan | 15 Mar 01:13 2016
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Wiki maps news and updates

The quest to bring maps to Wikipedia continues:
* Kartographer has launched for WikiVoyage
* Julien Girault will help maps with his UI expertise
* Talk to us at the FreeNode IRC channel #wikipedia-interactive

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Kartographer

Last week we enabled Kartographer extension for Wikivoyage sites, allowing
users to add maps to wiki pages without any additional wmflabs and
JavaScript tricks.  Now you can simply add a <mapframe> or <maplink> to a
wiki page, or even use the Visual Editor to insert a map. Additionally, you
can:

* add markers and polygons visually
* edit geojson and see how it changes the map on each keystroke
* add auto-numbered markers (either numbers or letters), and have multiple
counters
* have multiple "groups" of markers/polygons and showing them on the same
map or on separate maps (e.g. all food and all drink maps and one combined
map)
* markers can be of any color, 3 sizes, and contain many different icons
* markers and polygons can be clicked and will show popups with wiki text
and images
* very fast full screen popup map

Feedback: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Maps
Bugs & TODOs: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/kartographer/
All maps-related tasks: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/maps/

== What's next? ==
There will be plenty of cleanup and polishing work to make Kartographer
work seamlessly. We will need to address the missing functionality reported
to us by the community, and help migrate existing wmflabs-based maps to the
new platform. Lastly, VE editing will need some more work to become
indispensable.

Yet, our site is still set on the bigger target - maps for all of
Wikipedia. For that we are waiting for more hardware, plus we will need to
improve our static maps service to be able to handle wiki-load.

Hardware task: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T125126

Thank you Max Semenik, Ed Sanders, Alex Kosiaris, Brandon Black, Chris
Koerner, Chris Steipp, Tomasz Finc, and Wes Moran for making this possible.
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Deadline for Jerusalem hackathon scholarships is today

**If you are a community developer interested in working on maps:**
The Wikimedia Hackathon 2016 <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2016> (Jerusalem, March 31 - April 3) focuses on https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/tag/community-wishlist-survey/ projects. There is some budget for sponsoring volunteer developers. THE DEADLINE TO REQUEST TRAVEL SPONSORSHIP IS TODAY, JANUARY 21. Exceptions can be made for developers focusing on Community Wishlist projects until the end of Sunday 24, but not beyond. If you or someone you know is interested, please REGISTER NOW <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Hackathon_2016>.

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Yuri Astrakhan | 12 Dec 21:23 2015
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Re: New version of Wikipedia-map

Tim, I was very excited to get your email!  I somehow missed Simon's efforts, and I think it would be a great idea for all of us to sync up (perhaps via hangout?)

I have recently submitted Kartographer extension (code)  for security review, and I hope we could deploy it at least to Wikivoyage fairly soon.  Kartographer eventually should allow readers to see and interact with the map just like Graph examples.

Kartographer uses mabox.js library, which includes Leaflet. Using mapbox.js will allow editors to add styled GeoJSON directly to wikipedia pages - example.  Also worth mentioning is the new feature I added to Kartotherian - an ability to generate pushpin images of any Maki symbol in any color (example).

Kartographer should allow editors to customize map for each article.  The big remaining issue is the server-side rendering - we can already generate static images, but we must be able to generate them with the extra GeoJSON layers.  It seems leaflet/mapbox.js do not support node.js headless rendering.  I saw the leaflet-headless project, but it might require some work to use it with mapbox.js.  So any help with this would be great.

Now to the points from your email:
* Style goals task is open, we should discuss how to work on it
* Transportation POIs was a request from Wikivoyage community.  I feel they should be at least reduced in size and restyled - should be easy enough using Mapbox Studio, but I am very bad at visual designing - any patches are welcome.
* Mobile Android app just added maps, but they use the base layer plus add pushpins for Wikipedia articles.  Eventually I hope they will be able to show maps as part of the articles, with the extra layers.
* Simon map is an awesome effort, and we should figure out how to bring it from wmflabs to production - otherwise we won't be able to use it for Wikipedia traffic - the virtual servers won't be able to support it, and it is not safe from security perspective.
* Multilingual maps are a huge request, so seriously doubt it in 2 months.  WMDE has graciously offered one of their engineers, Johannes, to work on Mapnik. He already fixed a very long standing RTL font rendering bug, and hopefully he will be able to figure out how to add HSTORE storage to Mapnik. Once done, it will be simple to add all languages to the vector tiles, and to pick what to render at the last second.
* We cannot show maps to any Wikipedia users as part of the articles because we don't have the server capacity for that yet. But, you can easily switch the geohack template (GPS coords in the upper right corner) to use our new maps, just like ruwiki did, by modifying GeoTemplate and GeoHack.js (these are ruwiki, but you can do the same for dewiki, enwiki, etc).  As always, this is up to the community and not WMF, thus I didn't do it myself.  Switching ruwiki geohack quadrupled our traffic. But geohack is obviously a stopgap measure - once we have more capacity, I hope we can use Kartographer extension on all Wikipedias.
* I'm fairly happy with the performance - all maps are served via 2 varnish caching servers + 4 backend servers.  For full production, we will need 4 varnish servers in each of the 4 data centers. That should significantly improve performance for many regions.
* A still big open question is how to add large external databases to Wikipedia.  OSM database required huge efforts, but we shouldn't have to do this every time we add a new db. No solution for this yet.  One option is to set up a well understood API on your database, and let Kartographer pick up that data?
* We already generate a un-labeled map (use /osm/ instead of /osm-intl/ ) - this can help with label collusion.
* Priorities is a great question :)  This quarter we were primarily concentrating on community feedback and adaption - which has been going great (maps on android, geo hack, wikivoyage). The next quarter we should start doing more integration and expansion, assuming we can get our hands on some servers.

== What can you help with ==
* Design a new better map Wikipedia-specific style
* Design a new better WebGL map Wikipedia-specific style
* Help improve SQL for vector tile generation (many bugs there)
* Help making mapbox.js run in node.js
* Gather and outline maps usage scenarios (product manager role)
* Expose your data via an API, and consume it via Kartographer
* Add more capabilities to Kartographer, e.g. spinning globe, etc
* Something else?

Ping me with any questions or ideas!

On Sat, Dec 12, 2015 at 9:17 PM, Tim Alder <tim-OEduV1PSX1RrN0UOaXResw@public.gmane.org> wrote:
Hello Yuri,
I'm glad that Simon (in CC) starts to create a new leaflet-version of
the map that we want to include inside Wikipedia [1]. Daniel Schwen is
in CC as developer of the WikiMiniAtlas.

I believe the  most things we can do in a community-driven process, but
there are some things where the WMF can perhaps help:
*Some design advice for Simon's map would be nice. What do you think
about the map? (The interactive Icons and the background map have to
work together, in the moment are e.g. the train station icons on the
background in the same color space like the icon above. Perhaps you can
re-color the train station or remove them. Especial the tram stations
seems not so important for me and could be removed in my eyes.)
*What features should we really have?
*What can we do to be usable in the mobile Wikipedia version or the app?
*What's the status of multilingual map tiles. Is there a chance to have
it available in 2 months or so?
*We know that only a promile of the Wikipedia-readers are using the map.
Do you see a chance that we get some advertising for it. I mean a larger
icon or for some time a little hint or a pop-up of the map for some
percent of the readers or so could help.

How happy are you in the moment with the render stack and the servers?
Do you think there will some problems with the performance to deliver tiles?

My Wikipedia-coordinates are in the Toollabs-OSM-database "gis" in
tables "wp_coords_red0", for each request I generate a new Geojson for
individual window of view. Do you think it would make more sense to try
to reder this data in vector tiles? Compared with OSM this data volume
is so little that we don't need hstore for it. I believe the benefit
could be to avoid collisions with other label and make it more
consistent during panning the map. It could be also interesting to
really render the labels in each different language as clickable labels.
What do you think? Could you help with rendering?

Did WMF change the priorities for maps?

Best regards,
Tim alias Kolossos

[1]https://tools.wmflabs.org/wiwosm/osm-gadget-leaflet/#/?lang=de&article=Berlin
Github:
https://github.com/simon04/osm-gadget-leaflet/

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 8 Dec 12:19 2015
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Where to find maps.wikimedia.org on ru.wikipedia.org?

Since several days ago, I'm struggling to find any URL or action on 
ru.wiki from which I can see or load maps.wikimedia.org. Yet, some claim 
that maps.wikimedia.org is used on the Russian Wikipedia.

Please help: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Scrum_of_scrums/2015-12-02

Nemo

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Federico Leva (Nemo | 8 Dec 12:17 2015
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Fwd: Generate location maps dynamically, producing actual images

I can't believe there isn't a report for this, anyway I filed 
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T120809

Blocks:
     T92535: Exclude {{location map}} images from PageImages
     T70008: PDF-related improvements needed at Wikivoyage, especially 
for dynamic maps
     T32702: PDF export extension problem with <div style="position:> 
and any location templates
     T52714: VisualEditor: Location map template does not display correctly
     T64572: Media Viewer and location map overlays

Nemo

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Simon Legner | 13 Nov 11:00 2015
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Status of WIWOSM?

Hi,

I wanted to ask what the current status of the WIWOSM project [1] is.
It seems that there hasn't been a data update since March 2015 as
reported via [2, 3].

Is this due to technical problems or does the project lack of maintainers?

Thanks in advance and best regards from Austria,
Simon

[1] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/WIWOSM
[2] https://github.com/aiomaster/WIWOSM/issues/11
[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Talk:WIWOSM#No_update_since_march_2015

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Yuri Astrakhan | 7 Oct 01:05 2015
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3 maps-related proposals

Folks, 3 out of 11 tech proposals are for maps! I say maps are important, eh? :) Please evaluate and comment - what does the maps community think about them. Thanks!

Developing a map to show entities around the world that need photographs on Wikipedia

Wikimedia Maps Rendering Improvements
Improving road labels and borders on Wikimedia Maps

Wikimaps Warper 2.0
Refactoring Wikimaps Warper code to make the project more accessible for volunteer contributions


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Date: Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 1:14 AM
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Technical expertise needed for Individual Engagement Grant proposals!
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Hey folks,

Applicants for the current round of Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) have
submitted many proposals that involve new tools, bot tasks, and other
technical elements.  I’ve provided the list of these proposals and brief
descriptions below.

Your feedback in these technical proposals is requested!  If one of these
ideas interests you, consider reading it over, and feel free to endorse,
express concerns, make suggestions, and ask questions.  Your input and
expertise will help the applicants develop better proposals, and support
the IEG Committee during their evaluation. Comments are requested until
October 19th.

With thanks,

Jethro

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Wiki Needs Pictures
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wiki_needs_pictures>
> Developing a map to show entities around the world that need photographs
on Wikipedia


Wikimedia Maps Rendering Improvements
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikimedia_Maps_Rendering_Improvements>
> Improving road labels and borders on Wikimedia Maps


Wikimaps Warper 2.0
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Wikimaps_Warper_2.0>
>Refactoring Wikimaps Warper code to make the project more accessible for
volunteer contributions


Alt Text Tools <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Alt_text_tools>
>Tool to make it easier to improve text alternatives for images


Batch Uploader for Small GLAM Projects
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Batch_uploader_for_small_GLAM_projects>
>Creating a simple batch uploader for small-to-medium entry level partner
institutions.


Bot Development for Azerbaijani Wikipedia
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Bot_Development_for_Azerbaijani_Wikipedia>
>Developing a translation bot for Azerbaijani Wikipedia


Proofreading semiautomatically the Catalan Wikipedia with LanguageTool
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Proofreading_semiautomatically_the_Catalan_Wikipedia_with_LanguageTool>
>Proofreading the whole Catalan Wikipedia using the LanguageTool with the
help of scripts and appropriate supervision.


Color Blindness Content Checker
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Color_blindness_content_checker>
>Make Wikipedia chart and diagrams color blind accessible


Pan-Scandinavian Machine-assisted Content Translation
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Pan-Scandinavian_Machine-assisted_Content_Translation>
>Creating more machine translation language data for use in Content
Translation, for Swedish, Danish and Norwegian Bokmål+Nynorsk projects.


StrepHit: Wikidata Statements Validation via References
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/StrepHit:_Wikidata_Statements_Validation_via_References>
>Creating a process that extracts facts from text and produces Wikidata
statements with reference URLs.


Semi-automatically generate Categories for Vietnamese Wikipedia
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG/Semi-automatically_generate_Categories_for_Vietnamese_Wikipedia>
>Generating new categories for small-scale & medium-scale Wikipedias where
editors are lacking.

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T Fish | 18 Sep 03:16 2015
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Maps on Wikipedia

Is there a way to get an extension to display the tile server on
wikipedia? It would be useful to be able to display dynamic maps (with
something like a GeoJson) instead of static SVGs. I know the roads
project would find this extremely useful.

--Tom

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Yuri Astrakhan | 17 Sep 20:46 2015
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Announcing the launch of OSM Maps for Wikipedia

Wikimedia Foundation has implemented a new vector tile service Kartotherian (Mapbox+Mapnik stack) and launched an experimental tile and static maps service available at https://maps.wikimedia.org. Using this service, you can browse and embed map tiles into your own tools using OpenStreetMap data. Currently, we 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. 


Tiles are served from https://maps.wikimedia.org, but can only be accessed from *.wmflabs.org and *.wikivoyage.org.  Kartotherian can produce tiles as images (png), and as raw vector data (pbf Mapbox format or json):
  https://maps.wikimedia.org/{source}/{zoom}/{x}/{y}[ <at> {scale}x].{format}

Additionally, Kartotherian can produce snapshot (static) images of any location, scaling, and zoom level with
  https://maps.wikimedia.org/img/{source},{zoom},{lat},{lon},{width}x{height}[ <at> {scale}x].{format}
For example, to get an image centred at 42,-3.14, at zoom level 4, size 800x600, use
https://maps.wikimedia.org/img/osm-intl,4,42,-3.14,800x600.png  (copy/paste the link, or else it might not work due to referrer restriction).

Editing map style is very easy using the Mapbox Studio, and does not require any data on your machine - simply point it at Wikimedia server.

How can you help?
* Provide us feedback to help guide future features
* Improve our map styles
* Improve our data extraction
* File bugs in Phabricator
* Adapt your labs tool to use this service - for example, use Leaflet js library and point it to https://maps.wikimedia.org

Based on usage and your feedback, the Discovery team will decide how to proceed. We could add more data sources (both vector and raster), work on additional services such as static maps or geosearch, work on supporting all languages, switch to client-side WebGL rendering, etc. Please help us decide what is most important.

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Maps has more about the project and related Maps work.

We would like to thank WMF Ops (especially Alex Kosiaris, Brandon Black, and Jaime Crespo), services team, OSM community and engineers, and the Mapnik and Mapbox teams. The project would not have completed so fast without you.

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