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I live in a village that has named houses everywhere and want to make a map showing their locations, how can i use "points" for the locations as there isn't a tag for homes?


asked 01 Dec '19, 12:51

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Hi Grays85, as BCNorwich has described, use an good aerial view to draw buildings together with your local knowledge. Draw every building just square as good as it is, with tags as building=yes/house, garage, shed and building:level=, building:material=, roof:shape=, ( aso. And remember that every building has to carry a name sign when you ad it into OSM. Have fun and keep mapping

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answered 01 Dec '19, 18:20

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That's because the database wants to know what type of feature you are naming. A name on its own has little or no value when not linked to a feature. To name a home you would place a point/node and use minimum tags of building=yes and name=Whatever. It would actually be much better to draw the outline of the building, giving that the minimum tags.

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answered 01 Dec '19, 14:15

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Also note that if the house name is used as part of the official postal address of the building, then it's better to use addr:housename=Whatever rather than name=Whatever.

(01 Dec '19, 16:10) jmapb

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