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Wikipedia tags in OSM

This program creates simple web pages with lists of Wikipedia articles, showing which ones are still to be tagged in OpenStreetMap (OSM).
Its aim is to invite OSM mappers to add Wikipedia tags, by showing the progress of Wikipedia articles tagging in a specific country, regarding a selected list of mappable categories.


  • Download and parse OSM and Wikipedia data to show the tagging progress of selected Wikipedia categories, in the configured country
  • Informations reagarding articles and their corresponding objects in OSM are provided through links to: WIWOSM map, OSM web pages, JOSM remote control and Overpass Turbo. OSM objects belonging to the same category can be loaded on a map (downloaded, saved as image, etc...), through another Overpass Turbo link.
  • Tools that help to add tags:
    • each category has a link to add-tags service (from Kolossos), where category name and country bounding box parameters are already filled in
    • a JOSM remote link lets the user zoom to the position of a non tagged article, if Wikipedia knows its position
  • Non-mappable categories and articles can be added to a blacklist, so that they are not visible in web pages by default (e.g. "Paintings in X Museum").
  • a warning icon marks articles without template (Coord).

Updated webpages for Italy can be found here (thanks to for hosting).

##Overview Starting from a list of Wikipedia categories, written by the user in the 'config.cfg' file, the script:

  1. downloads/updates the OSM data (PBF) of a country (from GEOFABRIK)
  2. downloads subcategories and articles names of the selected Wikipedia categories (from Quick Intersection)
  3. parses the OSM file, filtering the tags accepted by WIWOSM project
  4. creates webpages to show which articles are already tagged and which ones are not, providing links to inspect how the objects have been mapped.

##Requirements ###Data A POLY file with the same name of the country, e.g. italy.poly, must be put in data/OSM directory. It can be downloaded from GEOFABRIK.


  • python-lxml
  • osmupdate
  • osmconvert
  • osmfilter
  • wget
  • python-jinja2
  • python-babel
  • python-requests (if using --infer_coordinates_from_wikipedia)
  • python-pysqlite2, spatialite-bin (if using --show_coordinates_from_osm)

Download osmconvert/update/filter from the web site or install with:

    sudo apt-get install osmctools


###Fill the config file Create a copy of config.template, rename it as config.cfg and fill the following options:

  • osmdir, the directory where you want to download national OSM data
  • osmbbox, the bbox of the country (it will be used by WIWOSM add-tags tool)
  • preferred language, Wikipedia lang, for example: 'it'
  • country, the country name as used in GEOFABRIK repository, for example: 'italy'
  • add one or more theme in themes section and add one or more Wikipedia categories to them. The script will then download subcategories and articles names from Quick Intersection. To refresh a category, just delete its file from .data/wikipedia/catscan/themename.

###Run the script 0. (Optional) Print categories in the project: --print_categories_list
  1. Download OpenStreetMap data of the country: --download_osm

next time, just update the previously downloaded OSM data to the last minute (through osmupdate): --update_osm
  1. Read Wikipedia data (categories -> subcategories -> articles), search tagged articles in the OSM file and create updated webpages: --create_webpages

####Other options

  • Show JOSM link for zooming to the position of a non already tagged article, known by Wikipedia: --show_link_to_wikipedia_coordinates --create_webpages
  • Show JOSM link for zooming to the position of a non already tagged article, whose coordinates have been infered with Nuts4Nuts (see below for more info) --infer_coordinates_from_wikipedia --create_webpages
  • Mark on the webpages the articles without Coord template on Wikipedia: --show_missing_templates --create_webpages
  • Calculate OSM coordinates of articles (point for nodes, centroids for ways and relations) and suggest to use them when a Wikipedia article is missing Coord template: -t --show_coordinates_from_osm --create_webpages

For the complete list of options run -h.

##Notes ###Translations

  1. Create a translation catalog (PO file) for your language, e.g. DE:

     pybabel init -l de_DE -d ./locale -i ./locale/messages.pot
  2. translate the strings in catalog, e.g. locale/de_DE/LC_MESSAGES/de_DE.po

  3. compile catalog to binary MO file:

     pybabel compile -f -d ./locale

Submit your translation as a pull request.

###Non mappable categories or articles Add the names of non mappable categories or articles (for example "Paintings in the X Museum") to the files ./data/wikipedia/non_mappable/subcategories and ./data/wikipedia/non_mappable/articles. The script will set them as invisible in the web pages.

If you need to add many names to 'non_mappable' file, set the option 'clickable_cells = true' in config file and create web pages again.
Now, by clicking on tables cells, a string of names will be automatically created on top of the page, ready to be copied and pasted to 'non_mappable' files.

Redirects aren't supported by WIWOSM, therefore they are not downloaded when Wikipedia categories data is requested to Quick Intersection. However, you can manually add a new redirect to ./data/wikipedia/non_mappable/redirects so that it will be removed without having to download Wikipedia category data again.

###Infer coordinates with Nuts4Nuts The first time the script is run with the option -n it infers the coordinates of Wikipedia articles without a geographic position. The coordinates are saved to the file 'data/nuts4nuts/nuts4nuts_LANG_coords.txt'. Since this can take a long time it is better to create the file on its own, by running 'python'. This script can be interrupted to scan more articles a little at a time.

###Workarounds ####Tagged articles not detected by the script If the the script does not correctly detect a tag in the OSM file, add the article name and OSM objects ids to ./data/workaround/tagged.csv (and fix the parser ;-)

####False positive errors If the the script flag as error a tag which is considered correct (strange tags), add the tag to the file ./data/workaround/false_positive.csv and the tag will not be flagged as error again.

###Debugging For debugging purpose, categories trees can be print to text files, by setting print categories to text files = true option in the config file.

##Development Authors: Simone F. (main author), Luca Delucchi, Cristian Consonni

Contributors: dforsi, aborruso, Alessandro Palmas

Code: Python, license GPLv3

###Credits and attributions This program has been inspired by JOSM's Wikipedia Plugin and add-tags (Kolossos).

Services linked from the pages: WIWOSM (master, Kolossos), add-tags (Kolossos), OverpassTurbo (tyr.asd)

Services used by the program: MediaWiki API, Nuts4Nuts, quick_intersection (Magnus Manske)

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