[Tagging] What to map a site of historical significants...

Simone Saviolo simone.saviolo at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 11:58:06 BST 2011

2011/4/28 Richard Welty <rwelty at averillpark.net>

> On 4/27/11 8:47 PM, John Smith wrote:
>> If people can tag trees, surely things of historical significants
>> deserve to be allowed in OSM as well.
> identifiable, physical objects that exist today, sure.
> the phase maps i want to do for the battle of antietam (September 1862),
> not so much.

I guess you're absolutely right, but here we aren't talking about battle
phase maps. For example, I've mapped memorial sites related to battles of
the Italian Risorgimento, but not the place where the battles themselves
took place. Also, I've mapped many plates dedicated to kings, soldiers and
patriots, because they're things that are permanently on the ground.

On the other hand it would be great to make battle phase maps, but I doubt
OSM is useful for this. If I think of the Battle of Palestro (May 31th,
1859), I can name at least a couple of major roads that didn't exist at the
time. Also, cities and towns were much smaller then; even the course of the
nearby river has quite changed (and it would be important in the battle, as
some French and Savoy troops crossed the river and almost surrounded the
Austrian army, a crucial event in the battle). You could use OSM's backend
as a data manager, but you would have to re-create the map almost from

> richard


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