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NY3412: Grisedale Tarn and Fairfield by Andy Waddington source

Geograph is an online project of more that 1 million geocoded and categorised images of the UK and Ireland. All the images and associated information are available on a creative commons share alike license.



J3474: The "Big Fish", Donegall Quay, Belfast by Aubrey Dale source

Photographs in the Geograph collection are chosen to illustrate significant or typical features of each 1 km x 1 km grid square in the British national grid reference system and the Irish national grid reference system. Each photo is uploaded by a user and given a title, description, category, geo-location and other relevant information. All content is pre-moderated for relevance and appropriateness by an administrator.

All Geograph data is licenced under an CC-BY-SA 2.0 license. As well as being available through the website content can also be accessed via RSS, .kml and in other formats.

Since 2006 Geograph has been sponsored by the Ordnance Survey. As well providing funds for upgraded servers they also allowed Geograph to use 1:50000 scale OS maps and derived CC-BY-SA geocodes from their data.


The original idea came from Gary Rogers with technical input from Paul Dixon and Barry Hunter[1] who started the project in March 2005. By October 2006 250,000 photos had been uploaded and by July 2007 there were 500,000. In October 2008 the project reached over 1 million images, contributed by more than 8000 users and covering 90% of the UK and 22% of Ireland.[2]


The map browsing interface, showing thumbnail photos for each completed "geograph"

This project is a comprehensive, trusted and growing source of high quality photographs of static geographic features (both natural and man-made) within the British Isles available with licensing that allows both commercial and non-commercial use. Many of the categories used within Geograph are relevant to transport (road, footpath, cycleway, subway, taxi rank etc) and could be used within journey-planners and to show features along a route.

One of its strengths, its moderation, means that it is unlikely to be suitable for photographs of transient events (traffic violations and pot-holes etc) for which FixMyStreet and FillThatHole may be more appropriate.

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  1. Credits Geograph
  2. Geograph Wikipedia This page uses content from Wikipedia. The original article was at Geograph. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with IdeasInTransit, the text of Wikipedia is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

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