[Tagging] I have been tagging mosques wrong all along

Topographe Fou letopographefou at gmail.com
Mon Mar 25 07:40:09 UTC 2019


Personnaly I already use amenity=* for the whole plot/complex when it's clear it is not limited to a building. This apply to schools, hospitals and places of worship (not exhaustive list) in my way of tagging. I believe this is how schools and hospitals are suggested to be mapped and see no exception with places of worships. I don't see a need for religion-based way of tagging (amenity=place_of_worship schema shall be used the same for any religion).

So yes I agree with you that places of worship are not always limited to a building (same for a school, an hospital...).



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De: jm at liotier.org
Envoyé: 23 mars 2019 3:13 PM
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Objet: [Tagging] I have been tagging mosques wrong all along

In the Sahelian Openstreetmap I enjoy tagging mosques because they are
prominent features, nice for navigation and easy to spot on orbital
imagery - for me it has definitely turned into a "gotta catch'em all"
game... And I'm not even Muslim !

The tagging scheme I had settled upon was amenity=place_of_worship +
religion=muslim (building=mosque if there is a main building) and
landuse=religious + religion=muslim for the plot.

I have learned from Muslims and confirmed in literature that this
tagging scheme is wrong: what I considered as the mosque itself is
merely the main prayer hall. The mosque is actually the whole complex
that I used to tag as landuse=religious.

So, here is my current position regarding the tagging of mosques:

Single building mosque, no change:
amenity=place_of_worship + religion=muslim + building=mosque

Mosque complex: tag the whole plot (often the perimeter is also
amenity=place_of_worship + religion=muslim

So, no landuse=religious anymore at all and no building=mosque for the
buildings inside a mosque complex (building=yes - or, for the
adventurous, multipart buildings with distinct minaret and dome)

Anyone else obsessed with mosques to give an opinion on this
clarification - is it correct ?

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