May 22, 2022

Wikimedia Introduces Experimental Tile and Static Maps Service Using Open Street Map Data

From the WikiTech-L Listserv:

The Discovery Department has launched an experimental tile and static maps service available at

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 would like to open it up to Wikipedia traffic if we see enough use.

Our hope is that this service fits the needs of the numerous maps developers and tool authors who have asked for a WMF hosted tile service with an initial focus on WikiVoyage.

We’d love for you to try our new service, experiment writing tools using our tiles, and giving us feedback.

If you’ve built a tool using OpenStreetMap-based imagery then using our service is a simple drop-in replacement. Getting started is as easy as

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See Also: Data: Beta Release of Wikidata Query Service Now Live (September 13, 2015)

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Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.