Start your own by simply copying the page for a translation that you’re able to do, and change the two character language code into the one for your language, and add your language to the list of translations.
It took me just a few hours to contribute the Danish translation, and it’s already live.
At the zoomed level 1, “Historic Place” shows only UNESCO World Heritage sites, this makes perfect sense, and it’s easy to spot missing sites.
As you zoom in, more and more objects shows up, I decided to zoom in on Denmark, and noticed a castle that didn’t have a name.
Strange, which one could that be? I pressed the Objekt ( Punkt ) (English: Object/Point) link and was taken to the object.
That looked somehow familiar, but I had to zoom out, and it’s Vordingborg Castle Ruin, one of the largest medievial castle ruins in Denmark.
So I want to add a name to OpenStreetMap. That’s easy, just select the link to the OpenStreetMap editor of choice by selecting it. I selected “Redigér med iD” (“Edit with iD”), the web based editor build into OpenStreetMap.
So I added some relevant meta data to OpenStreetMap: Name, Danish Wikipedia article and Wikidata-object.
That looks good, so I select “Gem” (English: “Save”) and summarise my changes.
Select “Gem” (English: “Save”) again, and the changes are saved, if you then select “Vis på OSM” (Show on OSM”) to see your changes.
That’s it, there’s really nothing to it.
ps. My partner in crime, @neografen, kindly brought to my attention, that it takes up to 24 hours before the changes go live on Historic Places.
It can be difficult to contribute to open data projects.
In this, very detailed article, I’ll take you through all the steps involved in adding a commemorative plaque to Wikimedia Commons – an open source of educational materials, like pictures, and OpenStreetMap – an open map that you can edit like Wikipedia.
Notice that you can use different tools, but these are the ones that I often use, and also notice that I’ve been very thorough. You can choose to cut some corners, and wait for others to add the information, that’s the beauty of projects like Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap.
I often pass commemorative plaques that I’ve never noticed before, it makes me very curious about the history behind it, so I quite often take a picture of them and later I share them on Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap.
A lot of the plaques are already documented, but in closed databases, we can do better in the 21st Century.
Here’s one in Central Copenhagen that I’ve never noticed before.
It commemorates the founding of the Danish national newspaper Politiken October 1 1884, a very important day in Danish media history.
Now I want to add it to Wikimedia Commons and OpenStreetMap, and these are the steps involved.
Step 1: GeoLocation: Can be skipped if you took the picture with a modern cell phone that records location and heading automatically
NOTE: This step can be skipped if you have a modern cell phone or camera with GPS that records the GeoLocation automatically (including compass heading).
The first step is to add the picture to Wikimedia Commons, I don’t have GPS in my camera, so I need to determine the location of the plaque, I use the excelent service GeoLocator, especially because it makes it easy to add the camera heading.
Since I knew that the plaque was located new the departmentstore Magasin du Nord in Copenhagen, I did a search for it.
After I selected it, the map is shown.
Find the precise location of the commemorative plaque, which is on the corner of Østergade and Kristen Bernikows Gade.
Alt+Clicked the location of the camera, which is the geo location that is used for Wikimedia Commons.
Notice the marker and that the latitude and longitude of the marker position is displayed.
Switch to Street View to confirm that we’re at the right location.
Yes, that looks right.
Now we need to get the compass heading of the camera, this is done by Shift+Clicking the map to draw a line indicating the camera heading.
Notice the arrow that indicates the direction, and the compass heading, next to the caption “h = ESE 106°”, meaning East-South-East 106 degrees.
That’s it, we have the camera location:
55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)
Now we’re ready to upload the image to Wikimedia Commons.
Select Next and you’re done, you picture has now been shared on Wikimedia Commons, and you can use it in other Wikimedia projects and on the web by copy/pasting the links show on the “Use” screen of the UploadWizard.
Step 3: Add OpenStreetMap (OSM) node
Finally we want to add a node to OpenStreetMap (OSM), you’ll need an OSM account, so can create one if you don’t have it <a href=”https://www.openstreetmap.org/user/new”>Create new OpenStreetMap account</a>.
Since we’ve already established the location of the camera when we added the picture of the plaque to Wikimedia Commons, we do a search for that location on OSM.
55° 40′ 46.91″ N (55.679696°)
12° 34′ 57.84″E (12.582733°)
We’ve found the location, so select the link to the location
We now have a location marker and we can add the node by selecting the Edit button.
There are several different editors, but we’ll use the default editor, called ID, in this example.
Now we’ll the node by selecting the “Point” button, we’ll get a marker that we can move to the correct location, but notice that the location Wikimedia Commons wants is the location of the camera, but OpenStreetMap wants the physical location.
Now we need to add type of OSM node we want to add, it’s a memorial, so we’ll search for that.
Now we’ll add some information. We’ll use the common name used by the website of the Copenhagen Library “Mindeplade for dagbladet Politikens grundlæggelse”
First use the “Add field” function to add commonly used fields in a nice UI, we’ve added “Name”, “Address”, “Website” and a link to the Danish “Wikipedia” page for Politiken.
This translates to “tags” in OSM terminology, and each node type has a number of different tags you can choose from, you can even invent your own, but you might consider suggesting them to the community.