Hello OpenStreetMap community,
I’m the product manager of the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Collaboration Team. 
We’ve been working on project recently called Map Improvements 2018 [1] that 
some of you will find interesting. As most of you probably know, WMF maps are 
powered by OSM data. The most significant new feature that we’ll be releasing 
very soon as part of this project is map “internationalization”—which means 
that’s WMF maps will display in the language of the user, rather than of the 
territory mapped. I wrote a recent post describing this feature and how it 
works [2]. 

We’re also about to spread our embedded maps capability (“mapframe”) to 
hundreds of Wikipedias that don’t have the feature now. 
The internationalization release will follow soon after. These should be 
welcome developments for the OSM community, I hope, since they will put 
OSM-powered maps in front of many millions of new users. 

We don’t anticipate that these new maps will put any strain on OSM performance. 
The impact I do foresee—and hope for—is that the new exposure of multilingual 
map data will inspire many more Wikimedians to contribute to OSM. This is 
likely to happen when users start to see, as they will for the first time, that 
names in their language for some features and places are not available.  

I’m writing today to let you know that these changes—and possibly these new 
contributors—are coming, and to ask for any guidance you think I should pass on 
to Wikimedians who might like to contribute to OSM. We plan to write a Help 
page on our end that will pass on some basic advice. And I will certainly link 
to relevant OSM Help pages, including this"Welcome to Wikipedia users” [3] 
page. I’d very much like to get your suggestions for a short list of Help links 
on OSM—pages you think a user coming in to add multilingual names would find 
useful. Also please send your thoughts about any information you think I 
particularly should impart. 

Please post your thoughts and ideas to the project talk page [4]. Thanks for 
your help, and for providing the valuable service you do to Wikimedia 
contributors and readers around the world.  

[3] https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Welcome_to_Wikipedia_users 
[4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk:Map_improvements_2018 

Joe Matazzoni 
Product Manager, Collaboration
Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco

"Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum 
of all knowledge." 

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