[OSM-talk-ie] Tagging holy wells

Patrick Casey pcasey at compuserve.com
Sat Sep 13 18:21:23 BST 2008

Hi Dermot,

Your arguments convince me, particularly the one about "You don't want to
navigate that guy to a holy well on a rainy Sunday morning". I'll drop the

Re. the creation of tags, I, as a newbie, am becoming confused here. I
thought the idea of tags was to create standardised descriptions which would
help renderers assign symbols and position legends on a map. This is clearly
not the case if creation of tags by beginners like me is allowed.

However, when I am new to a field I am a great follower of the principle
"Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die"
(or whatever Tennyson's exact words were) so I'm boilerplating your tags

Thanks very much for your help. Thanks to it each of my strides is getting


P.S. I loved the one about the moving statue, had me spluttering my evening
gin and tonic into my keyboard.
P.P.S. What does Class 2 mean ?

-----Original Message-----
From: talk-ie-bounces at openstreetmap.org
[mailto:talk-ie-bounces at openstreetmap.org] On Behalf Of Dermot McNally
Sent: 13 September 2008 18:35
To: Discussion of Open Streetmap in Ireland
Subject: Re: [OSM-talk-ie] Tagging holy wells

2008/9/13 Patrick Casey <pcasey at compuserve.com>:

> I'd say the wells I am tagging are definitely places of worship. People do
> "the rounds" there with prayers and rosaries and invocations, and masses
> said there on specific days of the year.

I'd also advise you to steer clear of place_of_worship for this
purpose. So whereas people may worship at a well, it's not a
place_of_worship the same way a church is. Firstly, you'll probably
want to consider what Map Features says about POW:


It's intention and its pattern of use has been to tag the structures
that are the standard places for people to practice whatever religion
is theirs. So a church is one, or a mosque or temple. a shrine or
other place of pilgrimage isn't, though some may have a church or
other such structure onsite.

The fact that precedent considers a christian place_of_worship to be a
church makes it ill-advised to tag other "holy places" with the same
tag. Consider that one of the classic uses for such map data is for a
traveller to help answer the question "where can I find a suitable
religious service near here?". You don't want to navigate that guy to
a holy well on a rainy Sunday morning.

On your plans for grottoes, be mindful of the fact that the term is
possibly too generic for your use. Is any given grotto a religious
site or a place to see Santa?

To solve both of these problems, here's a half-baked suggestion:

rather than trying to make amenity fit the bill, create a new key,
religious. Under this key, you can accommodate the kinds of things
you're describing as follows:


name:Holy Stone of Clonrickert

You can also add this key to existing ones:



What do you think?

Iren sind menschlich

Talk-ie mailing list
Talk-ie at openstreetmap.org

More information about the Talk-ie mailing list