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I wonder how I should map inhabited places like villages, towns and cities. The wiki description for place states: "The place tag is used on a single node to mark the centre of a named settlement as well as on the whole area to mark its extent."

Sometimes I found a node and an area tagged with place at the same time. Should I do both? Or if I should only do one of it, which method is to prefer?

In case I did both: shall I also duplicate all additional tags like population, wikipedia, names in different languages, etc.?

asked 21 Mar '11, 14:48

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Don't put the both. Generally, I prefer put only the node, because draw a polygon that defines precisely the area is difficult.

Indeed, I think you can take a look at this answer

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answered 21 Mar '11, 15:15

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edited 21 Mar '11, 15:51

thank you Nicolas. I am aware of the general alternative node/way but I wondered if place would be somehow different from other POIs like shops or buildings.

(21 Mar '11, 20:07) dieterdreist

Just do the best that you can in the time you have, but for the best I've seen look at Cambourne Cambridgeshire UK it is brilliant.

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answered 21 Mar '11, 21:03

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edited 21 Mar '11, 23:26

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