Benches are a social institution – like OpenStreetMap!

The project of the month Switzerland (PotM CH, see below) from August 2022 is about the registration of benches in OpenStreetMap. Benches are a social facility for young and old – just like OpenStreetMap! A change simply counts as adding or changing from the tag amenity=bench and optionally other tags like color. The data is updated hourly.

A dashboard (no. 23) shows the changes of this PotM CH since the beginning of August. The time period can be adjusted in the filter at the bottom right. To display the benches, one can use standard map style on, zooming in all the way. A useful webapp is also the OpenPOIMap.

More information about this PotM CH can be found on this Wiki page, where by the way also own projects (“Challenges”) can be proposed.

Benches in OpenPOIMap around Bellevue, Zürich (Switzerland).

P.S. The “Project of the Month Switzerland” (PotM CH) is about working together on a specific OpenStreetMap topic. This way, mappers can be made aware of a topic and/or newcomers to a topic can be introduced to OpenStreetMap. It is also used for targeted data improvement.

XKCD #636 (Licensed under CC BY-NC 2.5).