Genealogy, mapping grave yards

Is there a Mapillary policy for mapping graveyards so that the text on the grave stones can be read?

This could be used of genealogist and could be a way to atract new users and contributors.

I would say that’s a fair use of the application. Probably not what @jesolem had in mind, but it sounds like a valid thing to do!

I think the organisation that runs the graveyard is the one you should ask. Good idea though…

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Of course they should agree, but it would be of no use if Mapillary blurred all the text.

I found this link (in swedish) about mapping grave yards. And it is allowed in Sweden :slight_smile:
And I found this link (in Dutch) where en lawyer says that you (probably) don’t need permission to take pictures of grave stones and publish them.

This is the subject of OCR tagging.

Unfortunately in Moscow municilal gravel operator disallow photo, after gothic culture became popular in 2007 :-). This ban illegal, but there is nobody to protest.

Meanwhile in St-Petersburg gravel yards have many entrances, and use locals to bypass.

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Yes but not necessarily. Genealogy sites kan have the text in their own databases an link to mapillary for the pictures and exact location of the gravestone.

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In Denmark we have a site like (Find a grave) so it looks like it is OK here to. But we also have a rule, that if a “death or grave register” is handed over to the governmental archives, info will not be made public until it is 10 years old. This is probably not anybody will be punished for violating.

I concur with asking each site for permission. Then you can also be sure not to be thrown out and you can tell people you meat that you are doing it with an agreement from the site and with respect for the dead.

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In the U.S., graveyards that are not on private property are generally considered public-access and I’m not aware of any restrictions on publishing data from them. They can have official open/close hours, though. And even on private property (e.g., churches), much of the time the property owner doesn’t restrict gravesite visits.

But asking first is always good form.


Here is a link to a website in danish with letters from the government that asserts that it is okay in Denmark.

@harry, great idea. I thought the same some time back and just started doing it. Mapillary is about mapping the entire world, after all! :slight_smile:

There are some websites already out there that are dedicated to this. Notably:
which is part of the

also which is partnered with

Although i see the benefit, I strongly advise everyone to do their research into how the photos, information and other contributions are managed afterwards, as some of the copyright/ownership data may be incompatible with how you wish to contribute.

Y’know, I thought about doing this, especially at some of the remote cemeteries I’ve found…