Proposed features/Grave

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Grave Tagging
Status: Abandoned (inactive)
Proposed by: OSM-RU
Tagging: man_made=grave
Applies to: node area
Definition: A grave is a location where remains of a human or an animal are buried
Rendered as: Grave icon
Drafted on: 2014-07-10
RFC start: 2017-08-18





To define tagging scheme for graves, mainly ones without historic value.


Tagging Description Status
man_made=grave mandatory
grave=columbarium/crypt/cenotaph/scatter_site/* Type of the grave optional
memorial=yes/no/cross/headstone/sculpture/* Type of the memorial, "yes" value does not specify any type, use "no" if there is no memorial at all optional
subject:name=* Full name of the buried one presented on a memorial optional
subject:species=human/cat/dog/* Species of the buried one "human" by default, mandatory otherwise
subject:image=no/photo/engraving/bust/sculpture/* Type of the visual representation of the buried one on a memorial. Use "no" if no such image is present optional


Birth and death dates as they are presented on the memorial. Use "no" if a date is not specified on the memorial. Use "yes" if a date is present on the memorial, but its value is unknown to the mapper optional
subject:wikidata=* Wikidata link to the buried one if exists. Example: Q30875 optional
cemetery=* Cemetery name use only if cemetery can't be extracted by other means (e.g. grave is not inside landuse=cemetery or amenity=grave_yard)
religion=* Religion associated with the grave (add denomination=* tag if possible). Use "no" when there is no such association (e.g. in case of atheist graves). optional
inscription=* Inscription text as it is presented on the memorial optional
ref=* Unique reference to the grave inside of the cemetery (this could include reference to cemetery sector) optional
wikidata=* If the tomb is featured in Wikidata, list the item identifier here. Example: Q12432989 optional

Additionally, historic=memorial could be used if the grave has historic value.

This scheme could also be used for memorial "graves", e.g. cenotaphs, scatter sites, etc.

If there is sizable building (e.g. in case of crypt) it's recommended to additionally use building=*.

Multiple burials

In cases when several beings belong to one grave (e.g. mass grave) information about them could be presented by subjectN:* scheme. For example:
subject:name=Mr. Smith
subject:birth=<mr. Smith's date of birth>
subject:death=<mr. Smith's date of death>
subject2:name=Ms. Smith
subject2:birth=<ms. Smith's date of birth>
subject2:death=<ms. Smith's date of death>

If there is a list of buried ones on the memorial, then subject:* should be used for first entry, subject2:* for second and so forth. subjectN:* could be omitted, if Nth element of list is not presented on memorial (e.g. name was erased) or unreadable.


  • [1]
  • [2] - has two Wikidata tags

Opinions and Comments

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See also