Fwd: Public API for Wikimedia map tiles to be discontinued in 45 days

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Fwd: Public API for Wikimedia map tiles to be discontinued in 45 days

Erica Litrenta
[crosspost from Maps-l]

Today the Wikimedia Foundation is announcing the deprecation of the public
API for Wikimedia map tiles. Around mid October the Foundation will end
support for the Wikimedia Maps Service API [1]. This change affects people
using Wikimedia maps on their own website or app. Maps on the Wikimedia
sites, in Wikimedia-hosted tools and gadgets, and on maps.wikimedia.org
won't be affected.

This decision was made based on recent outage incidents, primarily due to
spikes in third party usage, along with an analysis showing that more than
a third of maps provided are to non-Wikimedia services (including many to
for-profit organizations).

After the most recent incident [2], the service was limited so that only
cached maps tiles would be available. While this protected the servers, it
made the service unpredictable and highlighted the unsustainability of our
tile service. So, we have made the decision to discontinue the maps APIs
for non-Wikimedia users.

This change will allow our teams working on Maps to focus on the
sustainability of the maps used within Wikimedia projects.

You can follow the implementation of this change on Phabricator [3].

Best,

Erica Litrenta

[1] https://maps.wikimedia.org/osm-intl/

[2] https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Incident_documentation/20200204-maps

[3] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T261424

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Re: Public API for Wikimedia map tiles to be discontinued in 45 days

Erica Litrenta
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Hi everyone,

here are a few clarifications about our prior announcement re: Maps API
deprecation for 3rd parties [1].

As stated, our plan is *not* going to have any impact on any
Wikimedia-hosted wikis. This means that nothing will change for maps, in
any namespace, on Wikipedia and any sister projects. Tools that are hosted
on Wikimedia services are also not going to be affected (i.e.,
Kartographer).

This said, we are aware that there may be map usage beyond such venues
where deprecation would still affect our community members and their
activities - for instance, the Wiki Loves Monuments website, and the
Wikimedia Poland chapter website both rely on our maps API.

Hence, over the 45 day deprecation period which ends in mid October: *if
you represent an affiliated free knowledge group that does regular work
with our maps (any Wikimedia affiliates, or established wikiprojects), or
if you are closely partnering with other entities who do, we welcome you to
reach out, either here on this announcement thread or on the dedicated
Phabricator ticket [2].*


We will work with you to understand your needs, and what alternatives
exist. For further questions, I encourage you to contact me off-list to
reduce noise.

Thank you.



[1] https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/maps-l/2020-August/001729.html

[2] https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T261694


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