Commons:Map resources

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To find categorized maps, atlases, and satellite pictures please see:

Many maps are ineligible for copyright, and are in the public domain[edit]

See Commons:Threshold of originality#Maps. Use {{PD-map}} on maps which are ineligible for copyright.

Create maps online for free[edit]

Note: Please add more free sites.

Anybody can create maps for free at the sites below and upload them to the Commons.

Map resource subpages[edit]

Look up Image source files and WikiProject Maps in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The subpages are a repository of various files useful to the en:Wikipedia:WikiProject Maps community in creating new maps for various wiki projects. The files in the subpages are not necessarily opened through web browsers since many of them are in graphic applications generic formats, like GIMP

Where to request new or improved maps[edit]

Wikimedia Commons map resources[edit]

Wikimedia Meta map resources[edit]

MediaWiki map resources[edit] - MediaWiki

Wikipedia map resources[edit]



Geographic coordinates, geotagging, and geocoding[edit]

Geographic coordinates, geotagging and geocoding.

Other free or public-domain map resources online[edit]

Please upload more free maps to the commons!

Resources with image license templates[edit]

For a variety of U.S. federal government image license templates see: Commons:Copyright tags#United States.

Resources with public-domain statements[edit]

See Public Domain

  • Create Custom Map - MapChart. At - See Terms of service. Use {{}}
  • Perry-Castañeda Library. The Map Collection [8] is in the public domain (see FAQ: [9]): "Most of the maps scanned by the University of Texas Libraries and served from this web site are in the public domain. No permissions are needed to copy them. You may download them and use them as you wish. We appreciate credit to "University of Texas Libraries" as the source of the scanned images. A few maps are copyrighted, and are clearly marked as such."
  • Map Maker Trust [10]. "The Map Maker Trust is a source of free map data and mapping software for developing countries. The idea behind the Map Maker Trust is that the lack of good, simple maps is a serious obstacle to development in all kinds of fields, from health care to urban management, from de-mining to environmental protection. The Trust's purpose is two fold: to make public domain mapping data more readily available for developing countries, and to provide free, easy to use software to facilitate map making by non-experts."

Resources with unclear free-image statements[edit]

These resources may need further clarification. If you upload images from these resources to the commons, then there is a possibility that they may be put up for deletion. Consider this an opportunity to show that they are truly free images, and that they can be used both non-commercially and commercially. The Wikimedia Commons also requires that the images can be modified without asking permission (derivative use). To prove all this you may have to contact the resource and send their reply to the VRT.

  • UC Atlas of Global Inequality. Home page [11]: "The Atlas of Global Inequality explores some aspects of inequality using online, downloadable maps and graphics. All these materials can be used freely providing they are attributed to the UC Atlas of Global Inequality." University of California, Santa Cruz.
  • Free blank maps of countries and continents at [12]. Overall map portal at [13]. It is not at all clear which maps are completely free, and which are not. Someone might ask at the Geography forums at [14]. Guest entry to view forums: [15]
  • Maps of Canada and Atlas of the World maps. Online Historical Map Digitization Project Publisher queries and map re-use information

Lists of public domain and other free maps[edit]

Resources for clickable image maps[edit]


Adding map legends to map captions[edit]

See several examples of map legends on this map page:

For example;

Drug overdose deaths in the US per 100,000 people by state.

See also[edit]