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Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Citations/Extend Template:Cite map on English Wikipedia to cover GIS generated maps

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Extend Template:Cite map on English Wikipedia to cover GIS generated maps

  • Problem: Wikipedia:Template:Cite map does not include the ability to note the software used to generate GIS maps, which is required for proper citation
  • Who would benefit: Anyone working with GIS map data as a source
  • Proposed solution: Include a "software" paramater
  • More comments: I'm not sure if this is the right place for this, but I have always had difficulty citing GIS maps using the citation template.
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Furicorn (talk) 11:00, 6 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]


  • If you think this is a change that should be made, it would be better to suggest it at en:Help talk:CS1. --Izno (talk) 18:50, 6 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  • I too suffer from a problem with citing interactive maps. I use the Queensland Globe which is the official government mapping information all the time. I can choose a various of base map/image backgroups and then add on one or more layers from a catalogue of hundreds of layers. I can see where rivers run, where the heritage boundaries are, where there is a sawmill, a national park, a fire ant infestation, school catchments, ... it's a never-ending source of information for me. But when it comes to citation, all I can do is provide the URL and the name to the Qld Globe itself -- nothing more specific. I have no way of indicating where on the map I am looking nor what layers I might be using, partly because the tool itself has no way to export this information (e.g. centred at lat/long, zoom factor Z, layers This and That) and partly because our citations templates don't have fields to support it. This is part of a larger problem with citing any interactive website where there isn't a way to generate a URL that can re-create "what I am seeing now on my screen" (Google Maps "share" feature does create such a URL for later re-use and I wish other tools would follow its example). So we have a growing problem as more and more websites are becoming more interactive, but I don't have a good solution to propose to solve it. Kerry Raymond (talk) 22:30, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]