Maps/Linking wikipedia to OSM

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1 Linking between wikipedia and OSM

There are few services that help to link Wikipedia to OSM:

Also see

2 Approach 1: javascript plugins to wikipedia and OSM sites

2.1 Approach 1: Tampermonkey: From wikipedia to OSM (and back)

Here's a tampermonkey script that inserts a link into a wikipedia page (near the "coordinates" section at the top right). The link is set in the script, and could be

  • a link OSM/iD ("edit this area")
  • a link to JOSM remote control
  • a link to
  • or to a local server (similar to JOSM remote control, see below). By running such a local server, you can then intercept the data extracted from the wikipedia page, process it and then link to OSM/JOSM

Note that because tampermonkey is essentially scraping, it's not guaranteed to work on all wikipedias, and it's not guaranteed to work in the future.

2.1.1 Code

Moved to Previous versions here.

2.1.2 Approach 1b: Instead of tampermonkey use MW gadget

Version rolled into a mediawiki gadget Image gallery

Maps/Linking wikipedia to OSM/image gallery

3 Approach 2: A separate map-based application that links both: extending overpass

I basically wanted to fix some stuff in both OSM and Wikipedia, creating links between the two, and fixing issues. So I needed a tool that could display both, and I couldn't find out. The most promising solution for location-based matching between wikipedia and OSM is probably leafletjs, which has plugins for both overpass and wikipedia ( So I looked at leaflet, and the various plugins, and started to build the first version like this.

However, rather than starting with basic leaflet, why not build on overpass-turbo (build on leaflet). At least overpass-turbo already handles the overpass api queries! So I added the wikipedia plugin to overpass (rather than starting from scratch with leaflet). See Overpass Turbo with Mediawiki API for details.

Also see Archaeology/Linking OSM and Wikipedia for some overpass code.

4 Also of interest