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Two questions:

1) In working with the 'natural=water' closed-way features is it recommended to enter them into a relation with a country? What should be done if the water body crosses a country/administrative border?

2) there any way to get a sense of how many entries (and where they are) with the 'natural=water' tag have a relation (I've looked at I'm the map distribution is not insightful on where the relation items are).

asked 24 Apr '17, 23:51

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Why do you want to add them to a relation? What benefits do you expect?

(25 Apr '17, 08:01) scai ♦

You should not enter any object into relation with a country. We do not add streets, houses, monuments or any other feature in a relation with a country. The fact that a feature is located in a country follows from its position.

A geocoder "sees" where the feature is placed and if that falls within the border of an administrative unit (e.g. city or country), it is "in" that unit. It can also solve lakes that belong to multiple units, although that is not noticeable from e.g. Lac Leman But that is an implementation detail / choice made by the developers of nominatim. They only show the "first" item at each administrative level they find.

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answered 26 Apr '17, 07:20

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edited 26 Apr '17, 07:21

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