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The Graphics Lab is a project to improve the graphical content of the Wikimedia projects. Requests for image improvements can be added to the workshop pages: Illustrations, Photographs and Maps. For questions or suggestions one can use the talk pages: Talk:Graphics Lab, Talk:Illustrations, Talk:Photographs and Talk:Maps.
This specific page is the discussion page for the Map workshop. Any comments or questions about this specific workshop may be made here. Note that requests for image improvement, etc. do not belong here but should go on the main requests page

edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:Graphics Lab/Map workshop:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Other : Quality Push !
    • Tutorial for begginers
    • Contributors - more contributors allow cross-teaching
      • Talk about us !
      • Get a wave of new users to try out map making ! receive them, cross teach.
      • Inject fresh energies ! move on !
    • Accessibility - access to the right information allow higher quality
      • Clean up the Graphic lab subpages
      • {Speedy delete|reason} (!) outdated informations or page
      • Merge frankly duplicate informations
    • GIS Quality push - push toward georeferenced, more reliable and elegant maps
      • Introduction + correct page Push toward GIS mapmaking : getting better ! (todo list here)
      • Introduction + correct page Share GIS resources, links, tutorials ; getting better ! ({{Digital cartography tutorials}})
      • Introduction is good + main content is irregular Share experiences, tips, difficulties, & help each others ; getting better ! (WP:GL/MAP's talk page)
      • Introduction is good but lonely. Get several English users able to make GIS topographic maps : currently 3 !
      • Introduction is good but lonely. Get a sustainable cross-helping team : in progress ; )

    Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
    • Other :
      All great travels start by a first step
      Short term roadmap, in order of priority:
      1. ~20h work > Lesson 1: look around, try out, understand →  Done Yug
      2. ~10h work > Lesson 1: write down intro, source, loading, style (topography), print composer tutorial →  Done Yug
      3. ?h work > Lesson 1: copy edit, improvements, add informations →  Done MissMJ
      4. 1h? work > Lesson 2 : Split /Optimizing_relief into /Creating shaded relief (GRASS, 3DEM) and /Optimizing shaded relief using GIMP →  Done Yug
      5. +4h work > Lesson 2 > optimizing shaded relief, wave 1 : write down new tutorials, based on Optimizing shaded relief using GIMP (2007) Done Yug
        • 2h? work > Lesson 2 : create section 'GIMP relief color reinforcement' tutorial →  Done Yug
        • 1h? offline work > Lesson 2 : create section 'GIMP relief bumping' tutorial →  Done Yug
        • 2h? work > Lesson 2 : create section 'GIMP relief whitening/transparency' tutorial →  Done Yug
        • 1h work > Lesson 2 : output and upload 3 shaded files with 315⁰ (NW), 275⁰, 355⁰ sunlights. <10Mo each. → soon, Yug
      6. 1-2h work > {{Cite GIS}} template citing GIS files to create based on {{Cite map}}'s code →  Done Yug
      7. 2h? work > Map color files & GIS sources :
      8. 3h work > add the key GIS sources fr→en + newones, using {{Cite GIS}} →  Done Yug
      9. 3-5h work > Finish SVG exercices = integrate further data using inkscape →  Done Yug
      10. 1h work > Lesson ? : SVGsimple vector layer exportation with suitable names →  Done Yug
      11. +6h work > continue to translate GIS sources fr→en, using {{Cite GIS}}, completing missing parameters →  Done Yug
        • share more palettes, associated with their GIS source using {{Cite GIS}} → ClockC next.
      12. 3h? work > Lesson 3 : QGis raster layer to vector layer (slope?) tutorial to create → ClockC next.
      13. +1h work > Lesson 3 : create QGIS 'Raster terrain analysis plugin' section → ClockC next.
      Medium term roadmap
      1. +1h work > Lesson 1 : redo the QGIS Print composer section
      2. 2h work > Lesson 3 : QGis reprojection tutorial to translate, adapt, test from Bourrichon's tutorial or to create → ClockC next

Badly Formatted Requests[edit]

Many requests are coming in very badly formatted, (removing graphist text, putting information in the wrong spot, gallery problems) is there any way to provide a form for requests instead? Does anyone have thoughts? Houdinipeter (talk) 17:04, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

Location Maps[edit]

Hi, the page Basque National Liberation Movement Prisoners has two location maps placed next to each other. For the past week the data point on the maps have become mixed. It never was like this, and I don't think it has been caused by a recent change on the page because even when I view old versions of the page the data points are mixed. Does anyone know what might have happened? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adam Cli (talkcontribs) 14:31, 25 April 2016 (UTC)

"Countries by ..." – from table to map[edit]

I'm a complete newbie when it comes to vector graphics or map making but I'm trying to create a map of the countries in the world by the number of languages spoken. It falls within a widespread genre of maps, where a country's colour depends on the value in a table. For example, this map is based on the table in the article List of countries by beer consumption per capita. Is there a quick way to generate the map based on the data in such a table? I imagine one way of doing it: I see that for example in this SVG map the polygon for each country is labeled with that country's name. So there must be a handy XSL transformation that could colour the countries based on a table of values. Is there such a thing available? Does anyone have alternative ideas? Uanfala (talk) 16:51, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

The mw:Extension:Graph is installed, so you could use it to generate the map. Take a look at the demo page to get an idea of what it is capable of. Offnfopt(talk) 17:49, 9 July 2016 (UTC)
Oooo, that looks like quite a treat! Uanfala (talk) 19:11, 9 July 2016 (UTC)

Created new maps for the Wards of New Orleans[edit]

Based on data I created a new map that shows the 17 Wards of New Orleans and made 3 versions of it in this category; I wasn't sure what conventions to follow when making it, so I modelled it after blank locator maps. With the data I had, it cuts off the southern portion of the 15th ward and the northeast portion of the 9th ward. I also erroneously took out the Intercostal Waterway and the Industrial Canal and realized it after I uploaded them; in the morning I'll fix the problem and upload the new copy before I put the map on any article. Some of the edges could be touched up around the borders, but with my software / skill I did the best I could. Tomorrow I plan on making locator maps based on the original for the Wikipedia pages for each ward. Beyond that I was just looking for general feedback from anyone who has the time. William Casey (talk) 05:13, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

"Guidelines" for Maps?[edit]


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I've tried adding the map to Heathrow Airport, but it was deleted from the article with the words "we have standards and guidelines for creating and using such graphics, please read them". Ok - but I don't find these guidelines. What's wrong with this map, which is suitable for other wikis except the english?
These kind of airport overviews were developed with the help of the colleagues of the german map workshop (Kartenwerkstatt)
--CellarDoor85 (talk) 07:52, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Our map conventions can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps/Conventions. They should be in line with those used on other wikis – I think several originated on de-wiki, in fact. However, not only are they only guidelines, not solid rules, but the section for this type of map (technical maps) specifically states that we "don't have a convention yet". So I don't know what the IP editor that removed your map was referring to. Joe Roe (talk) 11:07, 7 November 2016 (UTC)

Location Maps: where to get started?[edit]

I'd like to create my own location map since the syntax is clearly not that complicated, but I can't figure out where the sandbox or test environment is. Beyond the documentation page, where do I get started? Thanks! Prburley (talk) 13:52, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Crusades Maps[edit]

Hi, I am trying to get the Crusades article up to Featured Article status but struggling to find maps that are appropriately sourced i.e. with both the map and the underlying map it was based on free of IPR and credited. Can anyone advise/help? Norfolkbigfish (talk) 15:39, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Pushpin map[edit]

Good morning. I would like to know if there is any pushpin map of the province of Badajoz and other provinces. Cofrade2016 (talk) 06:43, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Map tools[edit]

What tools/packages do you use to make these maps? I have looked into several packages including GRASS, MicroDem, Mathematica, Matlab and even a brief foray into ArcGIS. All seem, to my inexperienced eyes, to have way to many bells and whistles to make simple, illustrative maps with a reasonable learning curve. Is there something easier out there or can someone point me in the right direction with one of those packages? I am lost in the weeds of the their documentation packages. Thank you. Jbh Talk 17:35, 27 February 2018 (UTC)

@Jbhunley: Belated reply, but... I'd highly recommend QGIS, rather than any of the above, if you want to go the GIS route. It's open source and IMO the post intuitive of the bunch. GIS isn't exactly easy to pick up but it is hands-down the best way to make maps, and there should be tutorials online.
Otherwise, a lot of maps on Wikipedia are straightforward SVG files, which can be edited with Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, or just a text editor, if they're formatted correctly. With those you are basically just drawing lines, and don't have to worry about things like coordinate systems or projections. I'm not sure that's a good thing in the long term, but it is easier to learn. – Joe (talk) 17:18, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

OSM & Kartographer[edit]

Some pretty impressive sample maps on your project page, nicely done. Was just wondering whether Kartographer and OpenStreetMap are within your bailiwick as well, because if so, I may have some questions going forward. Mathglot (talk) 05:17, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

Map request - India, West Bengal[edit]

I have added a location map for community development blocks in Birbhum district. I had to use a West Bengal state map as district maps for interactive or any other purpose is not readily available. I have placed the map on Murarai I page under the sub-head Geography. The map is too big. Can I get help of a smaller district map for Birbhum district? Can I get district maps of other districts of West Bengal, later on? Cheers. - Chandan Guha (talk) 15:10, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Robin Leicester has developed an OSM Location Map, which perfectly serves my purpose for this particular page. It will also be helpful in developing location maps for many other pages. Cheers. - Chandan Guha (talk) 00:03, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Map modification request - India, West Bengal[edit]

Three districts of West Bengal have been bifurcated over the past few years. The interactive maps normally used in the Infoboxes on various town and other pages does not show the new districts, as for example the map on the Bardhaman page. Another type of map used in the Infoboxes on the district pages of West Bengal has been updated. Please see - Purba Bardhaman district, Paschim Medinipur district and Jalpaiguri district, for the updated maps. Please modify the standard maps in use. Cheers. – Chandan Guha (talk) 15:14, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

@Chandan Guha: Requests are made on Wikipedia:Graphics Lab/Map workshop, not this talk page. Please read and follow the instructions. – Joe (talk) 17:20, 5 June 2018 (UTC)
I have placed it as advised above. Sorry for the trouble. Cheers. - Chandan Guha (talk) 00:12, 6 June 2018 (UTC)