WMDE Technical Wishes/Geoinformation

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„How can the representation of geoinformation be improved?“ was chosen as the winner in the Survey Technical Wishes 2020. This means the Technical Wishes team will spend two years on this topic and tackle various problems within it.


Many encyclopedic topics have a geographic reference, which is represented in articles using maps or coordinates. However, the handling of Geoinformation is currently often cumbersome, and the information is also not displayed satisfactorily - for example, because the content is not updated or the maps lack functionality.

Comment Team Technical Wishes: Improving maps was already the number 1 wish in the international survey (Community Wishlist 2017). As a result, the MediaWiki extension Kartographer has been greatly improved.

Status and next stepsEdit

The status of the work in this topic is always visible on this page. Important milestones are also announced.

  •   Done As a first step, the research for problems and needs was done in January & Febuary 2021. A summary of its results can be found here.
  •   Done For all the mentioned wishes and problems we estimate feasibility for our team, impact, effort, the profiting user groups, possible side effects and risks.
  •   Done In a topic-related survey from July 19 to August 1, 2021 German-speaking contributors of Wikipedia and other Wikis including Commons have decided that improvements in the problem area "maps" will be implemented. The core improvements in "maps" will focus on enabling the extension Kartographer on dewiki and other Wikis that use Flagged Revisions. The documentation for Kartographer will also be improved.
  •   Now From August to October, the first solutions or prototypes will be announced on Meta and dewiki, so users can give their feedback. Possibly, the first improvements can already be implemented.

Overall, the timeframe available for technical implementation of the improvements is approximately September 2022.