[Tagging] Using multipolygons to map bays in Alaska

Christoph Hormann osm at imagico.de
Fri Nov 16 13:31:36 UTC 2018

On Friday 16 November 2018, Daniel Koc4‡ wrote:
> It would be much more useful if you tell now how to verify position
> of this node?

Quoting from:


"when mapping as a node this node should usually best be placed 
approximately in the middle between the coasts of the strait at the 
narrowest point"

And just for ease of everyone the matching quote from


"When you map a bay as a node the node should be placed approximately at 
the middle of the bay with equal distance to the coast enclosing the 
bay on all sides."

In the previous discussion i linked to i formulated it a bit more 

"If you want to formulate a formal mathematical rule for where the node 
for a bay is best placed: Place it so the variance of the distance of 
the node to the bay's shores is minimized.  Most existing nodes comply 
with this rule remarkably well."

Christoph Hormann

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