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Proposal status: Draft (under way)
Proposed by: Dieterdreist
Tagging: type=node
Applies to: relation
Definition: relation which gets the position from a node and avoids multiple nodes at the same position

Draft started: 2014-07-14
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Create multiple objects at the same position avoiding overlapping nodes. Also allows to add semantics about the relationship (e.g. things attached to other things). Edit this description in the wiki page. Edit this description in the data item.
Group: Elements

node - attached_to

Status: proposed

Node relations are used to attach other things (objects represented by the node relation) to nodes. In other words they create a virtual node at the same coordinate position as another, existing node. They can have only one member, a node. This datatype is useful when mapping several distinct objects at the same position, where all those objects shall be represented only by a node. With this relation you can have several point objects at the same spot without using multivalues or overlapping nodes.


These relations generally have only one member (which defines the position, e.g. a pole).


You can either omit the role or add semantics by using roles like the following:

  • Role attached_to to express that the feature is attached to the member (e.g. a pole)
  • Role only_position to express that there is just a coincidence in position, not a different relationship


  • The tag to define the relation is type=node.
  • add any tag you need to describe the object just as if it was a node.


you can add layer=* tags to the objects at the same position (node member and the relation itself) in order to define real world stacking.

Examples and Usecases

A usecase could be a pole with several traffic_sign=* attached to it (or also other poles where you would want to tag several distinct objects attached to them). Another usecase are trees with stuff attached to them, or a tower or a pole with different antennas attached. Even a waste basket with an excrement bag dispenser attached to the same support would be an example.


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