Proposed features/Find A Grave cemetery and grave IDs
|Find A Grave cemetery and grave IDs|
|Status:||Proposed (under way)|
|Applies to:||node, area, relation|
|Definition:||Unique ID for a grave or cemetery found on Find A Grave|
One new key will be created that is most rationally used on a node, area or relation tagged as a cemetery or grave: ref:find_a_grave=*. The value of this key on objects tagged with amenity=grave_yard, landuse=cemetery or similar will correspond to the cemetery’s ID on Find A Grave. Likewise, the value of this key on objects tagged with cemetery=grave, historic=tomb or similar will correspond to the grave’s ID on Find A Grave.
The wikidata=* key is a great way of providing users a portal to extra information for a specific geographical feature without cluttering or bloating the OpenStreetMap database. However, Wikidata’s notability policy prevents certain things from being added, including (but not limited to) small, poorly documented graveyards and cemeteries. Find A Grave—the de facto standard reference for cemetery and grave documentation—actively encourages adding such places both big and small, as well as specific graves within these cemeteries. Linking the physical location of a cemetery to its corresponding Find A Grave entry would greatly help genealogical researchers working with geographical data using OSM.
Basic use of the key is described in the proposal section.
The IDs of cemeteries and graves may be found in both the URL and at the bottom of their Find A Grave page and are not on-the-ground verifiable.
Please comment on the discussion page.