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|used for waterways to build a unique object for each river|
|Tools for this tag|
The purpose of waterway relations is to have an object for each river. Common tags like references, wikipedia pages, international names, only need to be added once.
Later the waterway relations can be used to form watersheds.
|waterway||[river, stream, canal, drain, ditch]|| Subtype of the waterway relation similar to waterway=* |
Hint: If the waterway starts as a stream and becomes larger, then use the tag of the largest waterway (e.g. river). This is purely informational, the stream members still need their own waterway=* attribute.
|name||*|| Name of the river |
the international name tags name:en=, name:de, ... are recommended for large waterways. When a river gets multiple names (f.e. because it passes in multiple language regions), use all different names in the name tag, ordered from source to mouth, and split by hyphens. The individual sections can still get their localised name for that section.
|destination||* (optional)||Name of the river, sea or ocean in which this waterway flows into.|
|ref||* (optional)||Any kind of reference or use the specialized tags below. (See discussion for more alternatives)|
|ref:sandre||* (optional)||In France you can add the Sandre reference: see French waterways wikiprojet for explanations. Sandre official Website or fr.wikipedia|
|ref:fgkz||* (optional)||In Germany you can add the FGKZ reference: de.wikipedia|
|ref:regine||* (optional)||In Norway you can add the regine reference: de.wikipedia|
|ref:gnis||* (optional)||In USA you can add the gnis reference: en.wikipedia|
|ref:gnbc||* (optional)||In Canada you can add the gnbc reference: en.wikipedia|
|ref:gwlnr||* (optional)||In Switzerland you can add the gwlnr reference: de.wikipedia|
|wikipedia||* (optional)||Links to wikipedia pages|
|wikidata||* (optional)||ID Qxxxx of the waterway in Wikidata|
|distance||* (optional)||Total length of river in km|
| None or
||One or more||Any kind of waterway ways. They usually have a waterway=[river, canal, stream, drain, ditch] tag.|
||Zero or more||waterway=river, waterway=canal, waterway=stream... a branch of main stream that returns to it.|
||Optional||natural=spring The spring of the river.|
||Zero or more|| Not approved, not frequently used and controversial - see Talk:Relation:waterway|
The waterbody (area) of the river.
note: this is just a documentation of use, and no vote happened on this member usage.
Since december 2014, the role
When these roles are pointing to multipolygonal relations, the members should avoid listing giant polygons in their members.
- The proposal Relations/Proposed/Waterway
- WikiProject_Rivers to organize waterway mappings
- waterway=* for mapping single waterways
- water=* for mapping waterbodies