[OSGeo Africa] Topographical data for Grave/Graves and Cemetery

Zoltan zoltans at geograph.co.za
Tue Aug 18 00:49:23 PDT 2020

Hi Peter,
With a bit of time-effort, your first prize might be achievable.
Some municipalities will likely have grave-yard management systems - I 
know that some years back, Adam Steer at Breederivier created one.  
[asteer at bvm.gov.za]
Perhaps start with him, and also ask which person/department is likely 
to manage graveyards so that you get some idea of whom or which 
department to email at (all?) other municipalities.

You could also email Mannie, the GISSA secretary (www.gissa.org.za) and 
ask if he can help by asking GISSA members (many of them municipal 
employees) if they have access to such information.

A word of caution:
You say that once you know where the graveyards are, eggsa persons will 
likely go out to photograph tombstones.
First prize would then be to make sure that they have an on-board GPS in 
their cameras - BUT - do some reading up of how GPS works, and in what 
type of situations readings become less reliable.
Graves are traditionally close to each other, and I fear that many GPS 
systems in cellphones and cheaper cameras might not have the accuracy 
required for this job.


On 2020/08/17 18:55, Peter Silbernagl wrote:
> Dear all,
> I would like to find the locations of*all grave(s)*/cemeteries in 
> South Africa. These are usually shown as Grave or Graves or Cemetery 
> on topographical maps.
> The information would be used to direct members of the Genealogical 
> Society of SA for them*to photograph the gravestones*, as a resource 
> for researchers in genealogy and as a contribution towards the 
> preservation of some cultural heritage. See 
> https://graves-at-eggsa.org/main.php?g2_itemId=43
> The maps which contain this data can be downloaded from 
> http://www.cdngiportal.co.za/cdngiportal/
> I have downloaded the information for the Western Cape and am using 
> the open source GIS software QGIS, https://qgis.org/en/site/ , but 
> have found that my GIS skills are sorely lacking.
> Ideally, *a list of co-ordinates for each Grave or Graves* or Cemetery 
> per degree square or per province would be first prize.
> How can I use the software to create such lists or tables? Your 
> guidance in simple steps would be much appreciated.
> Many thanks,
> Peter Silbernagl
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Zoltan Szecsei GPrGISc 0031
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GIS and Photogrammetric Services

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