For example one may wish to search for roads under construction, with known opening date that is in past (in other words - one of many possible indicators that OSM data is outdated).

[timeout:180]; ( way[highway=construction][opening_date](if:date(t[opening_date])<date("2018-2-6"))({{bbox}}); ); out body geom qt;

query is doing it (for query on overpass see http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/vUH ), but one needs to keep date updated.

How one may use current date directly?

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One may use {{date}} documented at https://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Overpass_turbo/Extended_Overpass_Turbo_Queries#Available_Shortcuts

Query would be

    (if:is_date(t["opening_date"]) && 
        date(t["opening_date"])<date("{{date:0 days}}"));
out geom;

overpass link: http://overpass-turbo.eu/s/w03

Note that it allows to use also other units to specify date in past: {{date:1 day}} is replaced with the timestamp 24 hours ago. Allowed time units are: second(s), minute(s), hour(s), day(s), week(s), month(s) and year(s).

  • Note: once github.com/tyrasd/overpass-turbo/commit/… will be released in that case one will be able to use just {{date}} instead of {{date:0 days}} Feb 6, 2018 at 20:45
  • Corrections: Next version 0.7.55 requires t["opening_date"] instead of t[opening_date] to avoid a syntax error. Also added sanity check, if t["opening_date"] is really a valid date.
    – mmd
    Feb 7, 2018 at 16:12
  • @mmd How behavior is changed with sanity check? I expected that date will return NaN for invalid dates and comparison with NaN will always be false. Feb 8, 2018 at 12:18
  • Overpass QL is not Javascript, date comparisons are internally based on string comparisons, an invalid date is translated to a string "NaD". If you change your query a bit to check for future dates, your previous approach would hurt you badly: overpass-turbo.eu/s/w09
    – mmd
    Feb 8, 2018 at 12:48
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    Even though it doesn't make a difference right now, you're effectively relying on (undocumented) implementation details, which could change in the future.
    – mmd
    Feb 8, 2018 at 16:21

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