User:OnTour/Map Features

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This is the first proposal for the new design of the Map Features. The goal is to have more clearly overview. Other points are

  • the columns are sorted by relevanz: 1. key, 2. name
  • the columns have the same width if possible
  • the column feature type is not useful and is deleted
  • friendlier design with bright colors

If you have comments gives these please in discussion here. See also discussion of Map Features.
In result of the discussions it will be changed:
1. columns "Rendering" will be renamed to "Example"
2. better fix of width of the columns by different view of browser (change of internal programming of the table)
3. ?
Table "highway" is already adapted.

This page will be shifted on the 16.06.2007.

Only one key per element (node, segment, way, area) is allowed.
The lines of tables are sorted according to relevanz not according to alphanumerical order.



Key Value Element Comment Example
highway motorway segment/way A restricted access major divided highway, normally with 2 or more running lanes plus emergency hard shoulder. Equivalent to the Freeway, Autobahn etc.. Rendering-highway motorway.png
highway motorway_link segment/way The link roads (sliproads / ramps) leading to and from a motorway. Normally with the same motorway restrictions. .. Rendering-highway motorway link.png
highway trunk segment/way Important roads that aren't motorways. Typically maintained by central, not local government. Need not necessarily be a divided highway. In the UK, many 2digit "A" roads (eg A34) were formally designated Trunk roads although that definition is no longer absolute... Rendering-highway trunk.png
highway trunk_link segment/way The link roads (sliproads / ramps) leading to and from a trunk road. .. Rendering-highway trunk link.png
highway primary segment/way Administrative classification in the UK, generally linking larger towns. Rendering-highway primary.png
highway primary_link segment/way The link roads (sliproads / ramps) leading to and from a primary road.  
highway secondary segment/way Administrative classification in the UK, generally linking smaller towns and villages Rendering-highway secondary.png
highway tertiary segment/way A "C" road in the UK. Generally for use on roads wider than 4 metres (13') in width, and for faster/wider minor roads that aren't A or B roads. In the UK, they tend to have dashed lines down the middle, whereas unclassified roads don't. Rendering-highway tertiary.png
highway unclassified segment/way No administrative classification. Unclassified roads typically form the lowest form of the interconnecting grid network.
Note: This is not a marker for roads where we still need to choose a highway tag.
Rendering-highway unclassified.png
highway track segment/way unpaved/unsealed roads for agricultural use; gravel roads in the forest etc. Rendering-highway track.png
highway residential segment/way roads accessing or around residential areas but which are not a classified or unclassified highway. Rendering-highway residential.png
highway service segment/way generally for access to a building, motorway service station, beach, campsite, industrial estate, business park, etc. This is also commonly used for access to parking and trash collection. Sometimes called an alley, particularly in the US. Rendering-highway service.png
highway bridleway segment/way For horses, (in the UK, generally footpaths on which horses are also permitted) Rendering-highway bridleway.png
highway cycleway segment/way For designated cycleways, i.e. mainly/exclusively for bicycles. If pedestrians are allowed as well, you can indicate this by adding a foot=yes tag. Note: names are not rendered currently. Rendering-highway cycleway.png
highway footway segment/way For designated footpaths, i.e. mainly/exclusively for pedestrians. This includes walking tracks and gravel paths. If bicycles are allowed as well, you can indicate this by adding a bicycle=yes tag. Note: names are not rendered currently. Rendering-highway footway.png
highway pedestrian segment/way For Roads , i.e. mainly/exclusively for pedestrians /Shopping Areas  
highway steps segment/way For flights of steps on footways Rendering-highway steps.png
highway mini_roundabout node   Mapping-Features-Mini-Roundabout.png
highway stop node    
highway traffic_signals node    
highway crossing node    
highway gate node    
highway stile node Allow pedestrians to cross a wall or fence  
highway cattle_grid node Bars in the road surface that allow wheeled vehicles but not animals to cross. Sometimes known as a Texas Gate, even outside of Texas  
highway toll_booth node A road usage toll or fee is collected here  
highway incline node A slope or hill, may encounter slow moving trucks  
highway incline_steep node    
highway bridge node Do not use this! Use bridge=yes, combined with layer=..., as a way attribute. See Bridge. Instead set the highway to the highway type that is going over the bridge.  
highway viaduct node A high and/or long bridge (more commonly carries water or trains)  
highway motorway_junction node Changed from mway_junction.  
highway services node    
highway ford node The road crosses a stream or river, vehicles must enter the water node  
highway bus_stop node    
highway User Defined node/
junction roundabout segment/way This automatically implies oneway=yes, the oneway direction is defined by the segment direction. This applies on a way, tagged with highway=<something> already Mapping-Features-Roundabout-Simple.png
junction User Defined segment/way    


Key Value Element Comment
cycleway lane segment/way A lane is a route that lies within the roadway
cycleway track segment/way A track is a route that is separate from the road.
cycleway opposite_lane segment/way lane in the opposite way (a "contraflow" lane)
cycleway opposite_track segment/way track in the opposite way (that is, separate from the road)
cycleway opposite segment/way just permitted to cycle in the opposite way (one way street except for cycles). Note - such streets are common in the Netherlands and Denmark, for example, but do not exist anywhere in the UK: where it looks like they do, actually the street is two-way as normal for its whole length except for the very short section past the no-entry sign at the end, where cycles are excepted from the no-entry by means of a short lane separated by an island. This is called a "cycle plug". In some places this has been represented as a tiny segment of one way street at the end with an adjacent cycleway, forming a little triangle with the road they join to.
cycleway User Defined segment/way  


Key Value Element Comment
waterway lock_gate node  
waterway water_point node  
waterway turning_point node  
waterway aqueduct node A bridge carrying a channel for supplying water. (Other languages)
waterway boatyard node Boat yard - a place for constructing, repairing and storing vessels out of the water.
waterway waste_disposal node  
waterway mooring node A place for mooring vessels.
waterway weir node A barrier built across a river, usually to divert water for industrial purposes. Water can still flow over the top.
waterway river segment/way River (Other languages)
waterway canal segment/way An artificial open waterway used for transportation, waterpower, or irrigation.((478) Other languages)
waterway drain segment/way An artificial waterway for carrying storm water or industrial discharge.
waterway dock segment/way An 'enclosed' area of water used for loading, unloading, building or repairing ships.
waterway User Defined node/


Key Value Element Comment Rendering
railway station node Railway station (Other languages). Mapping-Features-Railroad-With-Station.png
railway halt node A small station, may not have a platform, trains may only stop on request. Mapping-Features-Tram-With-Halt.png
railway viaduct node A high or long bridge with intermediate support piers (Other languages).  
railway crossing node A point where pedestrians may cross.  
railway level_crossing node A point where rails and roads cross.  
railway rail segment/way Full sized passenger or freight trains in the standard gauge for the country or state Mapping-Features-Railroad-With-Station.png
railway tram segment/way One or two carriage rail vehicles, usually sharing motor road (Other languages) Mapping-Features-Tram-With-Halt.png
railway light_rail segment/way Short/light passenger trains. Metro systems.  
railway subway segment/way A passenger rail service running mostly underground.  
railway preserved segment/way Changed to preserved from preserved_rail as "rail" is redundant. A railway running historic trains, usually a tourist attraction.  
railway disused segment/way A section of railway which is no longer used but where the track and infrastructure remains in place.  
railway abandoned segment/way The course of a former railway which has been abandoned and the track and infrastucture removed. Designation not to be used if the feature has been turned into another use, eg cycleway.  
railway narrow_gauge segment/way Narrow-gauge passenger or freight trains.  
railway User Defined node/


Key Value Element Comment Rendering
aeroway aerodrome node An Aerodrome (UK), Airport (US)  
aeroway terminal node Airport passenger building  
aeroway helipad node Helicopter start/landing pad  
aeroway runway segment/way A strip of land kept clear and set aside for airplanes to take off from and land on. (Other languages) Rendering-aeroway runway.png
aeroway taxiway segment/way Where airplanes manouevre between runways and parking areas. Rendering-aeroway taxiway.png
aeroway apron area    
aeroway User Defined node/


Key Value Element Comment
aerialway cable_car segment/way  
aerialway chair_lift segment/way  
aerialway drag_lift segment/way  


Key Value Element Comment
power tower node  
power line segment/way  

Man Made

Key Value Element Comment Rendering
man_made works node    
man_made beacon node    
man_made survey_point node    
man_made power_wind node    
man_made power_hydro node    
man_made power_fossil node    
man_made power_nuclear node    
man_made tower node    
man_made water_tower node    
man_made gasometer node    
man_made reservoir_covered node/area    
man_made lighthouse node    
man_made windmill node   Windmill.png
man_made pier segment/way/area    
man_made User Defined node    


Key Value Element Comment
leisure sports_centre node/area  
leisure golf_course node/area  
leisure stadium node/area A major sports arena with substantial tiered seating
leisure marina node/area For mooring leisure yachts and motor boats
leisure track node/area e.g. running, cycle-racing, greyhound, horses
leisure pitch node/area e.g. a field for playing football/soccer, cricket, baseball sports
leisure water_park node/area  
leisure slipway node Boats can be launched here
leisure fishing node/area  
leisure nature_reserve node/area  
leisure park node/area  
leisure playground node/area  
leisure garden node/area  
leisure common node/area An area where the public can walk anywhere (UK)
leisure User Defined node/area  


Key Value Element Comment Rendering
amenity pub node A place selling beer and other alcholic drinks; may also provide food or accommodation (UK)  
amenity parking node/area Car Park Only nodes will get a parking symbol. Areas will be colored. Mapping-Features-Parking-Lot.png
amenity bicycle_parking node/area Park for bicycles  
amenity fuel node Petrol station; gas station; marine fuel; ...  
amenity telephone node    
amenity toilets node    
amenity recycling node recycling facilities (bottle banks etc.) Recycling.png
amenity public_building node/area    
amenity place_of_worship node A church, mosque, or temple, etc. Note that you also need religion=<whatever>, usually denomination=<whatever> and preferably name=<whatever> as well as amenity=place_of_worship. See the article for details.  
amenity grave_yard node/area    
amenity post_office node    
amenity post_box node    
amenity school node/area school and grounds Icon-amenity school.png with mauve area shading
amenity university node/area a University campus or buildings Icon-amenity university.png with mauve area shading
amenity college node/area a College campus or buildings College.png with mauve area shading
amenity supermarket node/area    
amenity pharmacy node Pharmacy Pharmacy dispencing.png dispensing, (dispensing=yes)
Pharmacy nondispensing.png (dispensing=no or omitted)
amenity hospital node/area    
amenity library node    
amenity police node    
amenity fire_station node    
amenity biergarten node  
amenity restaurant node Restaurant (not fast food)  
amenity fast_food node Fast Food Restaurant  
amenity bus_station node Bus Station (this is a big station, a bus stop is highway=bus_stop)  
amenity theatre node a theatre Theatre.png
amenity cinema node a cinema Cinema.png
amenity arts_centre node arts centre Palette.gif
amenity courthouse node a place where justice is dispensed JusticeScales.png
amenity prison node a prison  
amenity bank node a bank (for a bank that also has an ATM, use amenity=bank;atm)  
amenity atm node an ATM or cash point  
amenity User Defined node    


Key Value Element Comment
shop butchers node  
shop bakers node  
shop candle_stick_makers node  
shop User Defined node  


Key Value Element Comment
tourism information node  
tourism camp_site node/area  
tourism caravan_site node/area  
tourism picnic_site node/area  
tourism viewpoint node  
tourism theme_park node/area  
tourism hotel node Wikipedia:Hotel
tourism motel node Wikipedia:Motel
tourism guest_house node Wikipedia:Guest House
tourism hostel node Wikipedia:Hostel
tourism attraction node/area  
tourism User Defined node/area  


Key Value Element Comment
historic castle node Other languages
historic monument node An object, especially large and made of stone, built to remember and show respect to a person or group of people. Other languages
historic museum node Other languages
historic archaeological_site node/area  
historic icon node  
historic ruins node/area  
historic User Defined node  


Key Value Element Comment Rendering
landuse farm node/area Animals, vegetables, flowers, fruit growing (Other languages)  
landuse quarry node/area Surface mineral extraction (Other languages)  
landuse landfill node/area Other languages  
landuse basin node/area Other languages  
landuse reservoir node/area Stores water, may covered or uncovered ((3196) Other languages)  
landuse forest node/area Managed forest or woodland plantation (Other languages)  
landuse allotments node/area A piece of land given over to local residents for growing vegetables and flowers (UK)  
landuse residential node/area Predominantly houses or apartment buildings  
landuse retail node/area Predominantly shops  
landuse commercial node/area Predominantly offices  
landuse industrial node/area Predominantly workshops, factories or warehouses  
landuse brownfield node/area Describes land scheduled for new development where old buildings have been demolished and cleared  
landuse greenfield node/area Describes land scheduled for new development where there have been no buildings before  
landuse cemetery node/area Place for burials  
landuse village_green node/area An area of common land, usually grass, in the centre of a village (quintessentially English - defined separately from 'common land' under the Commons Registration ACt 1965 and the Commons Act 2006 ) green area like a park
landuse recreation_ground node/area An open green space for general recreation, which may include pitches, nets and so on, usually municipal but possibly also private to colleges or companies green area like a park
landuse User Defined node/area    


Key Value Element Comment
military danger_area node/area  
military range node/area  
military airfield node/area  
military bunker node  
military barracks node/area  
military User Defined node/area  


Key Value Element Comment
natural spring node A place where ground water flows naturally from the ground ((hydrology, land) (3596) Other languages)
natural peak node top of a hill or mountain
natural cliff node/area Rock face
natural scree node/area Loose rock
natural scrub node/area Uncultivated land covered with bushes or stunted trees
natural fell node/area Bare upper lying uncultivated land principally covered with grass and often grazed.
natural heath node/area Bare lower lying uncultivated land with bushes but little or no tree cover.
natural wood node/area Natural woodland (trees)
natural marsh node/area waterlogged area
natural water node/area  
natural coastline node/segment/
The coastline should run anti-clockwise, for it to show correctly.
natural mud node/area {Other languages)
natural beach node/area Beach: sand, gravel or pebble (Other languages)
natural bay node/area Bay (Other languages)
natural land node/area Land that exsists within another area, such as a lake. (i.e an island) Layering may also be required])
natural User Defined node/area  

Non Physical


Key Value Element Comment
route bus segment/way  
route ferry segment/way  
route flight segment/way  
route ncn segment/way ncn = National Cycle Network (in the UK)
route subsea segment/way  
route ski segment/way  
route tour segment/way  
route pub_crawl segment/way  
route User Defined segment/way plac


Key Value Element Comment
boundary national area  
boundary administrative area e.g. State, county, local council
boundary civil area  
boundary political area Electoral boundaries
boundary national_park area Area of outstanding natural beauty, set aside for conservation and for recreation (Other languages)
boundary User Defined area  


Key Value Element Comment
sport multi node/area  
sport 10pin node/area  
sport athletics node/area  
sport baseball node/area  
sport basketball node/area  
sport bowls node/area  
sport climbing node/area  
sport cricket node/area  
sport cricket_nets node/area  
sport croquet node/area  
sport cycling node/area  
sport dog_racing node/area  
sport equestrian node/area  
sport football node/area  
sport golf node/area  
sport gymnastics node/area  
sport hockey node/area  
sport horse_racing node/area  
sport motor node/area  
sport racquet node/area  
sport rugby node/area  
sport skating node/area  
sport skateboard node/area  
sport soccer node/area  
sport swimming node/area  
sport skiing node/area  
sport table_tennis node/area  
sport tennis node/area  
sport pelota node/area  


Key Value Element Comment
abutters residential segment/way predominantly houses and apartments
abutters retail segment/way predominantly shops
abutters industrial segment/way predominantly workshops, factories, warehouses
abutters commercial segment/way office buildings, business parks, etc.
abutters mixed segment/way  


Key Value Element Comment
fenced yes/no segment/way  
lit yes/no segment/way Street lighting


Key Value Element Comment
width Num segment/way Width of way/segment in metres
area yes area Making a closed way render solid
lanes Num segment/way Number of travel lanes in each (or only permitted) direction for segment
bridge yes segment/way  
tunnel yes segment/way  
cutting yes segment/way  
embankment yes segment/way  
layer -5 to 5 segment/way This numerical tag used to be `elevation', however it got renamed due to confusion with the ele and altitude tags used by tracklog imports.
surface paved/unpaved segment/way  
start_date Date segment/way Date feature was created
end_date Date segment/way Date feature was removed


Key Value Element Comment
access yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way General access permission. 'permissive' means there is no legally-enshrined right of access, but the landowner has allowed it at his/her discretion. 'private' means access is restricted to the landowner.
foot yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for pedestrians. For values see above
bicycle yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for bicycles. For values see above
horse yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for horse riders. For values see above
motorcycle yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for motorcycles. For values see above
motorcar yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for (motor) cars. For values see above
goods yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Vans and trucks?? See above
hgv yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for Heavy Goods Vehicles (UK), e.g. trucks. See above
psv yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way Access permission for Public Service Vehicles (UK), e.g. buses and coaches. See above
motorboat yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way  
boat yes/private/ permissive/ unknown/no segment/way  
oneway yes (or true or 1)/
no (or false or -1)
segment/way The permitted direction for a segment, is indicated by segment direction (enable arrows!). -1 for oneway direction opposed to segment direction.
noexit yes segment/way A dead end road/cul de sac with only one access road
date_on Date segment/way Date restriction starts
date_off Date segment/way Date restriction stops
day_on Day of Week segment/way Day restriction starts
day_off Day of Week segment/way Day restriction stops
hour_on Time segment/way Time restriction starts
hour_off Time segment/way Time restriction stops
maxweight Num segment/way Weight limit in tonnes
maxheight Num segment/way height limit in metres
maxwidth Num segment/way width limit in metres
maxlength Num segment/way length limit in metres
maxspeed Num segment/way Maximum speed in km/hr
minspeed Num segment/way Minimum speed in km/hr
toll yes node/ segment/way/area  



Key Value Element Comment
name User Defined node/segment/way/area The common default name
int_name User Defined node/segment/way/area International name
nat_name User Defined node/segment/way/area National name
reg_name User Defined node/segment/way/area Regional name
loc_name User Defined node/segment/way/area Local name
old_name User Defined node/segment/way/area Historical name
name:lg User Defined node/segment/way/area Name in different language eg. name:fr=Londres. See: Bilingual_street_names


Key Value Element Comment
ref User Defined node/segment/way/area The common default reference (eg M25)
int_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area International reference (eg E30)
nat_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area National reference
reg_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area Regional reference
loc_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area Local reference
old_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area Historical reference
ncn_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area he number reference (eg N54) of the National Cycle Network Route.
source ref User Defined node/segment/way/area To record the URI, source reference (eg Landsat) or other link to physical sources.


Key Value Element Comment
place continent node/area continent
place country node/area country
place state node/area state
place region node/area region
place county node/area county
place city node/area As defined by national/state/provincial government. Often over 100,000 people
place town node/area As defined by national/state/provincial government. Generally smaller than a city, between 10,000 and 100,000 people
place village node/area As defined by national/state/provincial government. Generally smaller than a town, below 10,000 people
place hamlet node/area As defined by national/state/provincial government. Generally smaller than a village, just a few houses
place suburb node/area Named area of town or city. Often a suburb is its own municipality, with separate government, and should be tagged as such.
place island node/area identifies an island

Key Value Element Comment
place_name User Defined area Only for areas. For nodes use 'name' instead (see Notes). It may do no harm to use both, though.
place_numbers User Defined node/segment/way/area For property numbers
postal_code User Defined node/segment/way/area The postal code
is_in User Defined node/segment/way/area For categorisation - for example place=suburb; name=Eccleshall; is_in=Sheffield,South Yorkshire,England,UK


some keys are allowed with one of the following values.

Key Value Element Comment
note User Defined node/segment/way/area There is a map where you can view notes
image URI node/segment/way/area Reference to an image (use the "source_ref" key below when the image is referencing the source of the element)
source extrapolation node/segment/way/area Extension of information from a known source
source knowledge node/segment/way/area Local or common knowledge
source historical node/segment/way/area from out-of-copyright mapping or other historical document
source image node/segment/way/area photograph or video
source survey node/segment/way/area gpx track or other physical survey
source voice node/segment/way/area Voice recordings, eg dictaphone
source User Defined node/segment/way/area  
source_ref User Defined node/segment/way/area To record the URI, source reference (eg Landsat) or other link to physical sources.
created_by User Defined node/segment/way/area Defined by the editor used (JOSM, applet, osmeditor, etc), mainly to deal with Utf8 errors. Should not be changed manually.