[OSM-dev] How to reference specific points of interests in OSM data

Jo winfixit at gmail.com
Sat Mar 22 06:08:46 UTC 2014

Use the Overpass API to accomplish what you want to do. It may help to add
as much of the relevant data as possible to OSM to make selection
afterwards easier/more specific.

With Overpass you can limit the search geographically and based on tags or
based on membership of relations.


2014-03-21 21:57 GMT+01:00 Sachin Dole <sdole at genvega.com>:

> Hello,
> I am fairly new to OSM and am figuring out how to use this in my
> application. I want to be able to add additional metadata to certain places
> such as hotels, airports, car rental agencies etc. I am planning to do this
> additional metadata in my own database. However, I read on this page<http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Overpass_API/Permanent_ID> that
> the OSM ID is not a permanent id for a place in the map. That page
> recommends to search on tags and then if that search returns more than one
> item, then figure out which one is relevant. If I am doing this live in a
> web app, I wont be able to do this. So, the question is how do I make
> permanent links to OSM map places in my database so I can enrich the
> metadata for myself?
> You might ask if I can instead add the metadata directly to OSM - I could
> do that, but what if my metadata is not really relevant to the general
> community? I dont want to end up polluting OSM tags with something that
> wont make sense to the rest of the world.
> Thank you in advance!
> Sachin Dole
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