The Genesis file for Kovan has a list of nodes at the bottom. What are these nodes for? Is this just a list of known Kovan nodes?

"nodes": [

As per spec.rs, the nodes key contains hard-coded boot node values:

/// Spec deserialization.
#[derive(Debug, PartialEq, Deserialize)]
#[serde(rename_all = "camelCase")]
pub struct Spec {
    /// Spec name.
    pub name: String,
    /// Special fork name.
    pub data_dir: Option<String>,
    /// Engine.
    pub engine: Engine,
    /// Spec params.
    pub params: Params,
    /// Genesis header.
    pub genesis: Genesis,
    /// Genesis state.
    pub accounts: State,
    /// Boot nodes.
    pub nodes: Option<Vec<String>>,                     <------
    /// Hardcoded synchronization for the light client.
    pub hardcoded_sync: Option<HardcodedSync>,
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