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Public-images-osm logo.svg note
Osm element key.svg
A note to yourself or to other mappers.
Group: Annotation
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
may be used on ways
may be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Status: Unspecified

A note is used to inform other mappers about non-obvious information about an element, the author's intent when creating it, or hints for further improvement. It is usually recorded against a node, way or relation.

Standard maps normally don't show notes.

The distinction between note and comment is a bit unclear, but a note generally gives additional information about objects in the real world, whereas a comment, especially when describing a changeset, describes why a change was made.

See Also

  • comment=* - for adding text describing the changeset to other mappers.
  • description=* - for adding text that might be viewable to the end user.
  • fixme=* - to mark objects and places that need further attention

Possible tools to show those notes

Yet another validation tool for osm data shows note's text directly as an overlay on the map (it only covers europe) example view : Notes-map.png sletuffe 09:14, 3 September 2009 (UTC)