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Proposal:Map conventions

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  1. Achieve continued growth in readership
  2. Focus on quality content
  3. Increase Participation
  4. Stabilize and improve the infrastructure
  5. Encourage Innovation


Instead of hundreds of personal map styles with flashy and heterogenous colours, backgrounds, icons, polices, approximative land shapes, and visual polutions (w:en:Chartjunk), the aim is to officially encourage to produce most maps following some few conventional styles and conventional icons.

Within the Map workshop of the several Graphic Labs, which have produce about thousand maps, continous innovation and studies lead to the creation of 7 major map styles. Enforce them as official convention may help to strengthen Wikipedia pedagogic value, and graphic identity.


The proposal regards the enforcement of a set of map conventions, to apply on all wikipedias. This will need to sacrifice some local wikipedia's conventions (i.e. fr:wikipedia), to the benefice of the whole project. Thus, this request a strong top-to-bottom leadership/encouragement.


  • Ease readers understanding of our maps, by reducing the map styles to some standards ;
  • Increase the graphic indentity of Wikipedias
  • Get more pro ;

Key Questions

Is it needed? Or are there freely available software out there that can already do the same thing?

Potential Costs

  • Human time,
  • Sacrifice some local convention to the benefice of the whole (all wikipedias) project ;


Proposal notes:

Application areas:

  • Wiki articles ; Graphic Labs

Other projects:

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