[Talk-us] Cemeteries in OSM?

Richard Welty rwelty at averillpark.net
Mon Jul 29 15:07:15 UTC 2013

Cemeteries have various issues.

1) maintenance - on the one hand, old data rarely goes out of date. on the
other hand, for active cemeteries there is frequently new data.

2) bad old data - some cemeteries have misidentified graves.
    a) there is the recent scandal at Arlington
    b) there is the issue in the Southeastern US where confederate heritage
        organizations have been getting headstones from the federal
        government and scattering them somewhat randomly in
        cemeteries where they believe the confederate soldier is buried.

i'm not saying these are reasons not to do it, but they are reasons to be
careful about how you represent the data if you do enter it. yes, there is a
stone there with specific text on it, but that's actually all you have 
there is more supporting documentation.

On 7/29/13 10:54 AM, Kathleen Danielson wrote:
> There is the Congressional Cemetery in DC:
> http://openstreetmap.org/?lat=38.88099&lon=-76.97739&zoom=17&layers=M The
> MappingDC folks had a mapping party there a year or two ago.
> And there's also Arlington National Cemetery, although it doesn't have the
> level of granularity you're talking about:
> http://openstreetmap.org/?lat=38.88013&lon=-77.06823&zoom=16&layers=M
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:49 AM, Thomas Colson <thomas_colson at nps.gov>wrote:
>> Are there any examples of detailed cemetery mapping in OSM? E.g.
>> individual head-stones are mapped with interred information. *Is this
>> even an appropriate use of OSM?* I have a cemetery mapping  project with
>> LOTS of good data, pondering the best way to publish it....****
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