Sample areas

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This page lists good examples of types of land usage mapped 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

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Almere

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Karlsruhe

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Big road junctions

Bridges, tunnels, and intersections
SpaghettiJunction

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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

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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

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The New Forest

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Quintana Redonda

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Newcastle

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Wilderness

Forests, lakes, hills, glaciers
Wilderness

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Dilijan National Park, Tavush province, Armenia

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Harbours and maritime navigation

Lighthouses, buoys, jetties.
Maritime

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Dublin and Howth

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Airports

Runways, terminals, taxiways, and heliports
Airport

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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

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Berlin Zoo

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Power networks

Power stations, wind farms, transmission lines
Power

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California

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National Grid

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Zürich

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Waterways

Canals, locks, docks, and aqueducts
Canal

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Antwerp docks

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Dudley Canal

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Railroads

Classification yards, railway stations, viaducts
Rail

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Kings Cross

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Helsinki

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Zürich

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Skiing areas

Ski routes, lifts, and facilities
Ski

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Verbier

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Kitzbühel

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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
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Northern Albania

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Public transport

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

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Waterfront Station, Vancouver, Canada

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Amsterdam Centraal, Netherlands

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Temporary

Festivals, camps, expos, construction and demolition sites
TemporaryStructure

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Burning man

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Ancient cultures

Excavations, historic places in current times
HistoricalMap

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Pompeii, Italy

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Borders and boundaries

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

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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

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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

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Brussels where both French and Dutch are official languages

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Farsi 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

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University of Maryland campus, College Park, Maryland, USA

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University of Toronto

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