[Tagging] Discourage use of landuse=churchyard?

Tobias Zwick osm at westnordost.de
Mon Dec 23 09:37:37 UTC 2019

It could be useful to check (at random) how the tag is currently used - as synonym for graveyard, or for religious or both, at times (-> tag is ambiguos) and put that info in the wiki as well.

If it's both as you suspect, it's a very good reason to point to the other tags instead.


Am 23. Dezember 2019 06:27:55 MEZ schrieb Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>:
>The tag landuse=churchyard has been used several thousand times, but
>amenity=graveyard is over 10 times more common, and landuse=religious
>is 4 times more common.
>I would recommend discouraging use of this tag, because the wiki
>definition contradicts the plain-English meaning of churchyard, which
>is usually a graveyard (cemetry) or burial ground next to a church.
>The wiki page for landuse=churchyard claims "Used to map the area
>surrounding a christian church or chapel, particularly when this does
>not contain a graveyard" - this conflicts with the common English
>definition of the value.
>Cambridge Dictionary (UK):
>"an area of land around a church, where dead bodies are buried "
>Merriam-Webster (US):
>"a yard that belongs to a church and is often used as a burial ground."
>To avoid ambiguity, mappers can use the two well-accepted tags
>landuse=religious + religion=christian
>amenity=graveyard + religion=christian, depending on the situation.
>I would like to update the wiki page for landuse=churchyard to suggest
>not using the tag and changing to one of the other two tags +
>religion=christian instead.
>- Joseph Eisenberg
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