Australian Place Style Guide

From Wazeopedia

All Places need to comply with the Waze editing philosophy, only add places that are relevant to Waze's function as a navigation app - that is, possible destinations, or features that aid orientation. Other types of places aren't in line with the Waze map editing goal of SIMPLICITY.

If you decide you want to create a Place in the editor, the best way to ensure it doesn't need constant maintenance, is to do it right the first time. Fill in all the information you possibly can, don't just add Places to the map because it's there. 

Creation Requirements

At a bare minimum, your created Place needs to have:

  • Title/Name
  • Relevant Category

And a best effort for the following information: (be aware some fields may not need filling in, depending on the type of Place)

  • Address
  • Short, Accurate and Unbiased description
    By this we mean no opinions on a particular Place, stick to the facts or don't add Places at all.
  • Entry point (this aids more in Area Place navigation to ensure the route goes to the correct street.
  • Appropriate Lock Level (more on this below).
  • Appropriate use of Area/Point Places
    Most Places should be a Point Place. The exceptions are water bodies, parks, relevant places that can be used at a glance to orient the driver, and Places that should be shown on the map (petrol stations). See When to use Area/Point
  • Website and/or Phone (if available)
    Do NOT use Facebook, even if it's the company's official Facebook page. You must use a website that belongs directly to the business owner, not any third party hosting site. Check that the website doesn't prohibit linking without permission. Their Terms & Conditions page will usually include any restrictions. Australia Post, for example, requires a formal approval process.
  • Accurate Services (some check-boxes may not apply to a certain type of place)
  • Opening hours (if set, not variable)

Note

  • [L2+] If possible, add an external provider. This not only assists with making sure the place is in the correct spot, it also allows us to link that place to the Google Result.
  • Don't stretch Area Places so that they intersect with road segments, they should come a little bit back from the road, as this avoids problems with editing geometry of both segments & Places.
    Correct mapping of a Place to the actual area

Locking

At a maximum for most places lock level, not under Vandalism or any special circumstances, should be 3. See the table below for more detail.

Examples:

Petrol station with all data filled out and complete, L3.

Petrol station with name and minimal info, L2.

Park in the suburbs, with no data, L1

Park with all relevant data added and nothing left to add, L2.

Sydney Harbour (complex geometrical shape, necessary for orientation on Waze map), L3.

Common Issues

  • For your first 10 Places, you will need the changes reviewed by another editor. Once you have 10 approvals, you may create places without immediate moderation.
  • External Providers can be added only by L2 or higher editors. If you try to as L1, your Place will not Save.

Table of Places (in progress)

Parent category type Lock Level comments
min max
Car Services - Point 1 3
Car Services Petrol Station Area 2 3 Naming Standard: Brand + Suburb Name (Direction)

If there is more than one Petrol Station of the same brand in the same area, name it with direction as well. (e.g. Caltex Cronulla Sth)

These should be Area Places, and cover the entire land owned by the Petrol Station.

Car Services Garage / Car Mechanic Point 1 2
Car Services Car Wash Point 1 2
Car Services Charging Station Point 1 3 These are electric car charging points. If a Petrol Station is fitted with these, please add this as a secondary category.
Transportation - Point 1 3
Transportation Airport Area 3 3 Airports should be mapped carefully. This is a very highly travelled area, and directions to these need to be precise. Please only use these Places in corroboration with your local experts.
Transportation Bus Station Point 1 2
Transportation Ferry Terminal Area 2 3 Point if Private, Area if Public
Transportation Marina / Harbour Area 2 3 Point if Private, Area if Public
Transportation Underground Station Point 2 3 Since these are underground a Point place is necessary to ensure that it's not shown on the map. Appropriate Entry points must be set for these stations.
Transportation Railway Station Area 2 3 Naming Standard: Station Name + "Train Station". (e.g. Hurstville Train Station)

Area is over the entire platform.

Transportation Bridge Area 2 3 Use only to represent a named road bridge with local or navigational significance, preferably indicated with a signage at each approach.

Bridges without names are not to be mapped.

Transportation Tunnel Area 1 2 We do not map Tunnels in Australia unless they are significant landmarks.
Transportation Taxi Rank Point 1 2 Naming Standard: Road Name + Taxi Rank (e.g. Stone Rd Taxi Rank)

Use only to represent actual taxi ranks designed for use by the public.

Transportation Junction / Interchange Area 2 3 Use only to represent significant landmark interchange areas, such as the Sir Roden Cutler VC Interchange.
Professional and public - Point 1 3
Professional and public College / University Area 2 3
Professional and public School Area 1 3 Use full school name. Any acronyms can be places as an alternative name. (e.g. Burraneer Bay Public School, alt "BBPS").

For places such as Driving, Art, Music, Tuition Centres and Training Centres, use Professional and Public as Primary category and School as Secondary category

Professional and public Conventions / Event Centre Area 2 3 Area if large centre, Point if residential or smaller.
Professional and public Government Point 3 3 Area if landmark, else Point.
Professional and public Library Point 1 2
Professional and public City Hall Point 1 2
Professional and public Organisation or Association Point 1 2
Professional and public Prison / Detention Centre Area 3 3
Professional and public Courthouse Point 2 3
Professional and public Cemetery Area 2 3 Encompass the entire zone. Within these areas, Private Roads must be used if segments are drive-able.
Professional and public Fire Station Area 2 3
Professional and public Police Station Area 2 3 Encompass the entire zone. Within these areas, Private Roads must be used if access is controlled.
Professional and public Military Area 2 3 Encompass the entire zone. Within these areas, Private Roads must be used if access is controlled.
Professional and public Hospital / Urgent Care Area 2 3
Professional and public Doctor / Clinic Point 2 3
Professional and public Offices Point 1 2
Professional and public Post Office Point 2 3
Professional and public Religious Centre Point 2 3
Professional and public Playgroup / Nursery Point 1 2
Professional and public Factory / Industrial Point 1 2
Professional and public Embassy / Consulate Point 3 4
Professional and public Information Point Point 1 2
Professional and public Emergency Shelter - - -
Shopping and services - Point 1 3
Shopping and services Arts & Crafts 1 2
Shopping and services Bank / Financial 2 3
Shopping and services Sporting Goods 1 2
Shopping and services Bookshop 1 2
Shopping and services Photography 1 2
Shopping and services Car Dealership 1 2
Shopping and services Fashon & Clothing 1 2
Shopping and services Shop 1 2
Shopping and services Personal Care 1 2
Shopping and services Department Store 1 2
Shopping and services Pharmacy 1 2
Shopping and services Electronics 1 2
Shopping and services Flowers / Gardening 1 2
Shopping and services Furniture / Home Store 1 2
Shopping and services Gift Shop 1 2
Shopping and services Gym / Fitness 1 2
Shopping and services Swimming Pool 1 2
Shopping and services DIY / Hardware Store 1 2
Shopping and services Market Area 1 2 Area to be used for buildings dedicated as a Market. Not to be used for temporary / seasonal markets.
Shopping and services Supermarket / Grocery 1 2
Shopping and services Jewellery 1 2
Shopping and services Laundry / Dry Clean 1 2
Shopping and services Shopping Centre 2 3 Used for large shopping areas, such as Westfield.
Shopping and services Music Shop 1 2
Shopping and services Pet Shop / Veterinarian 1 2
Shopping and services Toy Shop 1 2
Shopping and services Travel Agents 1 2
Shopping and services Cash Machine 1 2
Shopping and services Currency Exchange 1 2
Shopping and services Car Rental 2 3
Food and Drink - 1 2
Food and Drink Restaurant 1 2
Food and Drink Bakery 1 2
Food and Drink Dessert 1 2
Food and Drink Coffee Shop / Cafe 1 2
Food and Drink Fast Food 1 2
Food and Drink Food Court 1 2
Food and Drink Pub / Bar 1 2
Food and Drink Ice Cream 1 2
Culture & Entertainment - 1 3
Culture & Entertainment Art Gallery 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Casino 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Club 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Tourist Attraction / Historic Site 2 3
Culture & Entertainment Cinema 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Museum 1 3
Culture & Entertainment Music Venue 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Performing Arts Venue 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Game Club 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Stadium / Arena 2 3
Culture & Entertainment Theme Park 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Zoo / Aquarium 2 3
Culture & Entertainment Racing Track 1 2
Culture & Entertainment Theatre 1 2
Other - 1 2
Other Construction Site 2 2
Lodging - 1 3
Lodging Hotel 1 2
Lodging Hostel 1 2
Lodging Camping / Caravan Park 1 2
Lodging Cottage / Cabin 1 2
Lodging Bed & Breakfast 1 2
Outdoors - 1 3
Outdoors Park 1 2
Outdoors Playground - - - We do not map playgrounds in Australia. Instead map the Parks they reside in.
Outdoors Beach 2 3
Outdoors Sports Pitch / Court 1 2
Outdoors Golf Course 1 2
Outdoors Plaza 1 2
Outdoors Promenade 1 2
Outdoors Pool 1 2
Outdoors Services / Layby

(Scenic Lookout / Viewpoint)

2 3
Outdoors Ski Area 2 3
Natural Features -
Natural Features Island 3 3
Natural Features Sea / Lake / Pool 3 6
Natural Features River / Stream 2 5
Natural Features Forest / Wood 2 3
Natural Features Farm 1 2
Natural Features Canal 2 3
Natural Features Marsh / Bog 1 2
Natural Features Dam 1 2
Residence / Home - 1 1
Car Park - ~ ~ Same lock level as the Place they are parking for.