Tag:place=island

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Island.jpg
Description
An island is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water and isolated from other significant landmasses.
Used on these elements
may be used on nodes
should not be used on ways
may be used on areas
should not be used on relations
Useful combination
See also
Status: Approved

Description

An island is any piece of land that is completely surrounded by water and isolated from other significant landmasses.

Islands in the sea

Mf area.svg Draw a closed way counterclockwise along the coastline of the island (water is always on the right hand side). Then add the tag: * natural=coastline

Groups of islands

Mf Relation.svg add the natural=coastline into a multipolygon.

Islands in waterways and lakes

Mf area.svg Island within lakes or rivers should be mapped using multipolygon relations. The way for the island should be given the role inner, while the way for lake or river should have the role outer.

If the island has a name, it can be tagged with: place=island and name=*

You can specify what the land is actually used for, or covered by, using a natural=* or landuse=* tag.

Small islands

Mf area.svg A small island (Eiland), with max. area of 1 km² , and only a few buildings (or none), located near by a bigger island or to the onshore, is drawed like a big island, but tagged with:

Exemple: Beginish

if an island is in the middle of the sea and far away of other islands, cause the prominent meaning it will be tagged as "island".

Exemple: Wake


Large islands

Islands with coastlines with more then 2000 points/nodes will require a multipolygon relation to be created containing the place=island and name= ... tags etc. See this example of the Isle of Kerrera.

Differentation "Island" and "Islet"

Differentation between Island and Islet (List with exemples).

Rendering hints

The openstreetmap.org Standard layer uses a different method to render coastlines. It takes up to a day before changes to the coastline are seen in the tiles. For more details, see Coastline.

If you place an island on dry land, you shouldn't expect water to magically appear around the island.

Adding this tag to an island will place an italicized label on it.

See also