[HOT] Advice needed: field mapping in Central African Republic

Severin Menard severin.menard at gmail.com
Mon Apr 13 00:23:48 UTC 2015

Hi Pete,

I agree with both Thomas and Michael's usggestions regarding
amenity=place_of_worship and amenity=townhall

On Sun, Apr 12, 2015 at 8:32 PM, Michael HeiƟmeier <
michael63 at digital-filestore.de> wrote:

>  Hello Pete,
>  Some important landmarks in Bangassou are the catholic missions (of
> which there are at least two), prayer houses (of which there are many)
> and chief's houses (one for every quartier / village etc). Prayer
> houses are not churches and cannot be tagged as such as they fulfill
> very different roles, socially and culturally. However, they also are
> heavily used by local people to navigate the town / villages. Does
> anyone have any idea (or previous experience) of how these might be
> best tagged?
> As Thomas already pointed out in his answer you might consider using
> amenity=place_of_worship as this is not exclusively reserved for churches.
> The OSM wiki has this paragraph concerning that key
> If the place of religious services is located in a *part of a
> multi-purpose building*, then the tag amenity
> <http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:amenity>=*place_of_worship*
> should be placed on a node or area, inside the building outline. Examples
> are prayer rooms in public buildings or rooms rented for religious purposes
> in commercial buildings.
> If the prayer house serves more like a cultural or social centre, using
> amenity=community_centre sounds like a viable alternative.
>  Also, the chief's houses are definitely landmarks, but also are
> important places socially (kind of like a local administration
> office). However, they are also private residences. Many have a sign
> outside with the name of the chief and the quartier etc, but many do
> not. How can this be handled? Is it a consent issue with the chiefs?
> I am tempted to suggest using amenity=townhall. Reading the wiki:
> Use this for a village, town or city *townhall*, a building where the
> administration of a village, town or city may be located, or it may just
> serve as a community meeting place .
> A townhall is not necessarily used (or having ever been used) for
> administrative function. The tag is also used for a "village hall",
> commonly in UK villages, and used for community events such as fundraising
> and Discos.
> Apparently, the administrative function is not a requirement for this tag.
>  Secondly, admin divisions...
> We are very close to having shapes for the the quartiers in Bangassou
> town. I know that the tag admin_level should be used, but how do I
> discern the level? The admin flow goes:
> Country
> Prefecture
> Sub-prefecture
> Town/village
> Arrondisement (only in the town itself - not in villages)
> Quartier
> http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Tag:boundary%3Dadministrative proposes
> admin_level=10 for a quartier in CAR
> I was just browsing the wiki, but have no prior experience concerning
> these topics. Hope this helps nevertheless.
> Best Regards
> *Michael (osm:michael63) *
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