# How can I create an OSM Relation Area if it doesn't exist?

 0 I've been speaking to some people directly about this, as well, and the predominant suggestion is "don't". Most suggest that only those with a lot of experience with OSM editing (including creating and editing relations) create Administrative Boundaries. Additionally, there is a possibility that someone will import the town boundaries from some other data source. Administrative boundaries are mostly not visible on the ground, so the best source of this data is typically the government GIS department. answered 18 Feb '14, 16:45 JamesChevalier 151●7●7●13 accept rate: 25%
 4 The short answer is probably, "Don't edit or create a boundary relation as a beginner." That's not very encouraging though. That short answer is also at odds with the over-arching OpenStreetMap theme that "anybody can improve the map." True enough. A boundary relation can be a rather complex object in OpenStreetMap terms. I can't recommend that you struggle with creating that complex object, while simultaneously struggling with a new editor. I don't know of a boundary relation tutorial. But let's try to point you in the right direction. Here is a wiki page on multipolygon relations. A boundary relation is a type of multipolygon relation. I wouldn't dive into a complex multipolygon as a first step. This is a tutorial on creating a simpler multipolygon relation, for a building with a courtyard. The courtyard tutorial creates a very simple multipolygon relation. That probably makes a good first step on relations. Ideally, there would be another tutorial or two with increasing complexity. I'm not aware of such tutorials at this time. Perhaps I'll write one and add a link here later. answered 30 Mar '14, 02:22 Richard Weait 3.0k●13●32●52 accept rate: 17%
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