Sample areas

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For each topic that somebody might want to map, this page should list the best examples available of that type of mapping already in OpenStreetMap.

Use these example areas as guides showing how to map particular types of feature. (Additional tags are available at Map features and Proposed map features)

If you know an area which better demonstrates how to map one of these features, please add it to the page. Also, please remove any examples which have been surpassed in their mapping by other areas.

Residential areas

Streets, parks, and house numbers.
There is a HOWTO guide for house-numbering
Residential area

Almere

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Karlsruhe

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Big road junctions

Bridges, tunnels, and intersections
SpaghettiJunction

MacArthur Maze

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401/404

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Spaghetti Junction

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M-30/A-5 underground junction

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City centres

High-rise buildings, underground shopping malls, pedestrian areas
Downtown

Tokyo

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Oxford

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Paris

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Pretoria

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Boston

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The countryside

Horse, hiking, and bike trails, fields, farms and irrigation
Rural

The New Forest

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Quintana Redonda

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Wilderness

Forests, lakes, hills, glaciers
Wilderness



Harbours and maritime navigation

Lighthouses, buoys, jetties.
Maritime

Dublin and Howth

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Airports

Runways, terminals, taxiways, and heliports
Airport

Heathrow

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Copenhagen

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Frankfurt

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Barajas (Madrid, Spain)

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Parks and leisure

Zoos, theme parks, gardens, and water parks
LeisurePark

Berlin Zoo

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Power networks

Power stations, wind farms, transmission lines
Power

California

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National Grid

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Zürich

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Waterways

Canals, locks, docks, and aquaeducts
Canal

Antwerp docks

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Dudley Canal

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Railroads

Classification yards, railway stations, viadicts
Rail

Kings Cross

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Helsinki

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Zürich

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Skiing areas

Ski routes, lifts, and facilities
Ski

Verbier

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Kitzbühel

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Wiki page

Long distance routes

Cycle routes, long-distance hikes, international road numbers
Route



Caves and tunnels

When not everything is on the same level
Cave



Cliffs and climbing routes

Vertical routes
Cliff



Public transport

Bus routes, train times, park-and-ride
PublicTransport



Temporary

Festivals, camps, expos, construction and demolition sites
TemporaryStructure

Burning man

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Historical

Mapping things as they were
HistoricalMap



Borders and boundaries

Borders and boundaries, disputed borders, historical borders, checkpoints and toll booths
Borders

Territorial waters in the British Isles

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London boroughs

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Belgian enclaves of Baarle-Hertog in the Netherlands

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Spanish municipalities (sharing edges as multipolygon relations)

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Barriers

Barriers: city_wall, wall, retaining_wall, fence, hedge
Barriers

Quinta del Duque del Arco, Madrid,Spain

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Ávila medieval city walls

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Languages

Names in multiple languages, disputed names, scripts and difficult typography
Multilingual

Brussels where both French and Dutch are official languages

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Arabic and English tagging in Tehran

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Kyrenia/Κερύνεια/Girne

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Campus

Groups of buildings with a common purpose. University campuses, hospitals, research areas, large businesses.
Campus

University of Maryland campus, College Park, Maryland, USA

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University of Toronto

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