Verified OpenStreetMap contributor profiles?

by Pascal Neis - Published: May 20th, 2016

The reputation of a contributor in OpenStreetMap (OSM) plays a significant role, especially when considering the quality assessment of the collected data. Sometimes it’s difficult to make a meaningful statement about a contributor by simply looking at the raw mapping work represented by the number of created objects or used tags. Therefore, it would be really helpful if we would have some additional information about the person who contributes to the project. For example: Does she/he help other contributors? Is her/his work somehow documented or based on one of the “discussed” proposals? Or does she/he work as a lone warrior in the OSM world?

In 2010 I created “How did you contribute to OpenStreetMap?” (HDYC) as a kind of fun side project. Nowadays many people use it to get some detailed information about OSM contributors. Some of you are probably familiar with the “verified” icon used on some celebrity Twitter accounts. I created a similar new feature for the aforementioned HDYC page. If you connect your related OSM accounts, your profile will be marked as “verified”.


What do you have to do to get a verified contributor profile, you ask? First of all, you have to create at least 100 OSM changesets. Secondly, you need a login (username) for the OSM Help Forum, for the common OSM Forum and for the OSM Wiki. Last but not least, you have to list your OSM related accounts on your OSM profile page. After that, you should be able to see your accounts in your HDYC profile and your account will be automatically marked as verified.

Malenki already mentioned his usernames as an example in his profile. He also described it in a tiny OSM diary. Overall this feature is optional. So if you don’t want to “connect” or show your accounts for privacy protection, please don’t mention them on your OSM profile. My script checks the OSM profiles of the latest active OSM contributors every 24h. That’s it.

The HDYC profile now also shows the number of your changeset discussions and, if mentioned in your OSM profile, the page shows your Mapillary account as well.

Notice: If someone is trying to cheat with other people’s accounts, I will blacklist her/his username.

Thanks to maɪˈæmɪ Dennis.