[Tagging] Use of tags land_area=administrative and type=land_area?

Joseph Eisenberg joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com
Sun Jun 2 00:29:31 UTC 2019

It looks like someone has made a page for type=land_area (to be used
with land_area=administrative):

https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Relation:land_area - created
07:08, 27 January 2015‎ by Geozeisig

"Relations of type land_area are used to represent administrative
boundary of the landmass."
"for coastline and real boundaries on land"

The tag type=land_area is used on only 187 relations, although it has
been mentioned on the Relation:boundary page for years. Perhaps it is
only being used for admin_level=2 borders?

Is this tag being used by any database users?

More commonly, there are 5 447 uses of land_area=administrative
according to taginfo but this tag has no documentation.

Does anyone know how this tag is used by mappers and if any database
end-users are implementing this tag?

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