[OSM-talk] Orphaned Relations
singularita at gmail.com
Mon Jul 18 22:28:54 BST 2011
On Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:05:29 +0100, Ed Loach wrote:
>> members can be used intentionally,
> Can you give an example, please? Because I've tried and failed to
> think of any. Perhaps I'm just getting hung up on the name "relation"
> as something which groups its related members in some way defined by
> the relation's tags (while not being used as a category).
For example in Prague there is relation for transport network which
contain empty relation for some tram lines - those are not operational
currently due to some constructions, but once these constructions are
finished, they can be easily restored to previous state (just dig up
some older version of the relation from history, check it and save it)
There are quite rare uses for empty relation (but being a member of
other relation) and mostly these uses are temporary.
Since if you download some data by some given bbox, you will get that
empty relation (along with some other data).
But relations that contain no members and themselves are not members of
nay other relation are "invisible" - they are not contained in any
bounding box, they do not affect rendering, routing or anything and
basically you can download them only by ID (or parse them from planet
dump). So these are basically useless ....
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