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I'm trying to find a way to search for car sharing cars in a given region. I.e. I want to be able to zoom into a specific part of my town and then have OSM show me the locations of amenity=car_sharing. I've tried several variations, like car_sharing near ithaca (no results), just zooming in and searching for car_sharing (gives me random carsharing results from all over the place), ithaca carshare (this is the name of the operator; again, no results). Am I totally misunderstanding how the search on OSM works? Is there another way to achieve the desired result? Thanks for your help!

Addition: I know that the tags do exist in the area (I entered them myself) and they are displayed on Mapnik (e.g. here).

asked 31 Mar '11, 15:35

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edited 31 Mar '11, 16:49


Are you sure that in the area of ithaca there is any car_sharing object already in the OSM data? When nobody has enteres such an object in the OSM data, it cannot be found by the nominatim search. When there is such an object in your desired area, please giva us a permalink to that so that we can investigate further. (Please edit your original question if you have more info for us)

(31 Mar '11, 16:43) stephan75

Okay, maybe I have found the answer to my own question: 1. searching for "car_sharing" produces different results than searching for "car sharing". Searching for "car sharing near stuttgart" for example produces correct results. 2. This does not, however, work for the are linked in the addition to my question. I suspect that this is due to the fact that the nodes have been created very recently (Tuesday, I think) and therefore might not be in Nominatim yet.

(31 Mar '11, 16:56) hobbesvsboyle

As to how this should work:

Searching for "car sharing near Ithaca" should work. "car sharing" is one of the special phrases which Nominatim understands. The term "car sharing" is an alias for places with the tag amenity=car_sharing - which is just what you want.

If I search for "car sharing near münchen", I get appropriate results from München, which shows that this search methods works in principle.

As to why searching for "car_sharing near ithaca" does not return results:

I'm not sure why this does not work. The search query is correct (see above), and the car sharing node you link to appears to be correct. The might be a problem with Nominatim's updates (normally, there should be an indication on the Nominatim page when it was last updated, but that is currently missing). Try again in a few days, and if the problem persists, you might consider filing a bug on nominatim in trac ( )

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answered 03 Apr '11, 15:41

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edited 03 Apr '11, 15:42

Thanks for the explanation. I've also come to the conclusion that it must be a Nominatim problem. The Nominatim discussion page mentions that something's wrong with the updating; unfortunately there are no specifics about what is wrong and when updating will resume.

(03 Apr '11, 16:31) hobbesvsboyle

Since this issue still persists and Nominatim updates are working again, I am now assuming that it must be a bug in Nominatim and have created a ticket in track:

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answered 12 May '11, 20:08

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