Penikkajarvi lake is present on Google Maps but is absent / plain field on OpenStreetMap.

Is the any way (prefer not manual) to add new water body to OpenStreetMap?

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    Manual way is not hard at all. Create OSM user account, select your editor, draw the feature and add the tags (natural=water, name=Penikkajarvi). For a new user it is probably easiest to use the iD editor wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/ID.
    – user30184
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 11:51
  • Currently it is plain field on OSM. I wouldn't draw it accurately by hand.
    – Justas
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 11:59
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    The iD editor offers satellite images as a background. They are usually accurate enough for digitizing lakes.
    – user30184
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 12:35
  • Found it. I would be easy but there are lots of bays and waters with separate names which overlays / touches the lake so bounds are unclear thats why I mentioned not manual way.
    – Justas
    Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 13:16
  • You can start with a rough lake outline and improve it with subsequent edits. It doesn't have to be perfect right away.
    – scai
    Commented Jan 2, 2018 at 8:54

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You can create OSM user account and digitize the missing lake yourself. There are a few different editors to select from but iD editor https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/ID is probably the easiest for a beginner. The link to start editing is https://www.openstreetmap.org/edit?editor=id#map=14/65.7712/29.6541 and as you will see there are rather good satellite images from Bing to use as a background.

The lake is actually already digitized 12 hours ago from now https://www.openstreetmap.org/way/550399779#map=14/65.7705/29.6449&layers=D and it is on the OSM map https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=15/65.7641/29.6515. It may take some time before it appears also on small scales.

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