Welcome to Waze Bosnia and Herzegovina!
You want to help too? Read along and join the Waze BiH community.
- 1 What is Waze?
- 2 Community
- 3 Editing
- 3.1 How to start
- 3.2 Roads
- 3.3 Update Requests (URs)
- 3.4 Map Problems (MPs)
What is Waze?
Waze is a free GPS navigation application for mobile telephone or tablet. Waze has speech support, free map updates and uses real time traffic information and actual reports from its users. Users like you! With Waze you can share your driver experience, connect with friends, send your ETA to show when you will be home, or just avoid traffic jams. Waze is crowd-sourced, meaning it is maintained by its users.
- Waze has the application, often called client or just app. You can read more about the app on the global wiki pages.
- There is a map, that is maintained by users, the Waze Map Editor (WME). Information on editing can be found in the paragraph about Editing.
- Its users form a community, who work together locally as well as internationally.
This page focuses on the community and Map Editing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. For the general basics on editing, there is a Quick-Start guide provided. With these two pages, everyone should be able to edit constructively in Bosnia and Herzegovina! If you want to know more about a subject, there are many links provided to pages with detailed explanations. Our advice is to open them while you press Ctrl. This opens the linked pages in another tab and keep this basic page open. Anyway, without reading all the extra pages, you should be able to edit basically well too!
The community maintains the Waze map and makes sure it works as best as possible. We make guidelines that are specific for our location, as well as work together internationally. The community of Bosnia and Herzegovina is not very large yet, and much of the map in Bosnia and Herzegovina needs a lot of work. You can help by sharing your experiences, or even edit the map yourself. How to connect is described in Communication.
The current active community is a mix of B-H and regional editors. Please contact one of the CMs for further info.
|Community of Bosnia and Herzegovina|
How can I contact Waze? Where can I find more information? Where can I post my questions? Currently, the Country Managers (CM) are responsible for Waze in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Please contact them for questions or assistance.
BiH has a page on Facebook. The page is used mainly to inform anyone who is interested.
The forum of your own country is a good starting point for finding more information. You can read the latest information, learn from questions of other editors or ask a question yourself. Login to the BiH forum using your standard Waze login and password you use in the app and the editor. In the forum you can also make use of Private Messages (PM). This is a kind of inbox, like your e-mail. When you receive a PM, you will also receive a message to your regular e-mail to inform you of the new message. How you can handle your PM's is described here.
While you are editing, you can directly request help in WME chat. It shows you the level of the editor you are talking to. Please keep in mind that most editors are willing to help, but not all of them have the technical knowledge or editing experience to give you the best answer.
Because the built-in chat does not always work as desired, we also have Google Hangouts© and Slack©. Most editors, especially the higher level ones, have an account on both Hangouts and Slack. If you like to join into discussions and development of Waze Turkey, Slack gives the best opportunities. There are several Channels for several subjects and locations, and you can send private Direct Messages (DM) as well. Files and pictures can be shared, and you can make list of what to do or read. In Slack, it is also easy to set various notification rules for browser as well as mobile. There is currently no dedicated Slack channel for BiH, but BiH editors can be reached using the Waze Global Slack team. Use this Waze International Slack Invite link to get access to Waze Global Slack.
A lot of information is available in the Wiki. There are global pages with information applicable to all regions in the World. There are local pages as well. Bosnia and Herzegovina just started with this Wiki page. Because we have many tourists and other international editors helping update our maps, this page is available in English, too. At the bottom of each Wiki page, the last update is shown. If this is more than half a year ago, please take into consideration that the information might be outdated.
As the community is starting to grow, we now start to provide some guidelines for editors. We all try to help each other and learn from each other. We hope to be able to help you too.
How to start
First of all, read the whole paragraph of this Wiki about editing in Bosnia and Herzegovina and make yourself acquainted with the basic editing techniques described in the WME Quick-Start. Then, start improving your home area. You know best how to drive in your area. Ask the community on how things can be handled if Waze acts differently than you expect. If you are satisfied with your home area, check the connecting roads from your town to the nearest towns and, subsequently, to Major Highways and Freeways. This is also the moment to consider applying for Area Management.
Base Map Editing
Satellite View seems to be up-to-date mostly. You can check the GPS tracks if you are in doubt, but keep in mind that the GPS data is not always very well recorded, as the signal is not always strong enough. In addition, GPS traces only show when there is some recent amount of data. As of April 2016, there is no Street View in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
If you start correcting the base map, try to re-align the roads as much as possible and avoid deleting segments. This will keep the data that is assigned to the area (saved with the segments) intact. To start re-aligning, find a spot where you have enough room to drag the junction nodes to the junction they probably belong to. Subsequently, align the roads itself to the areal view using the geometry nodes.
Also, the turns are often restricted (red arrows) with soft turn restrictions. These are the turns that are based on the driving activity and not yet confirmed by an editor. You can recognize these by the little question mark next to the turn. This would be alright if there is no editing activity, as soft turns adapt to the driving behavior. However, if Waze is not used intensively, driving directions that people don’t use will be inhibited and become unroutable. If you start working on an area, make sure you have checked all the junctions. A handy tool to see quickly where all turns in your screen are restricted, is the keyboard shortcut ⇧ Shift+z.
Road division: The map is not ready to be KISSed, or simplified. Roads that are divided by a solid middle part, are better drawn as two one-way lanes at this moment to avoid confusion for and editing mistakes by new editors.
Micro-doglegs: We often use micro-doglegs to force a turn instruction instead of keep or exit. This involves carefully placing the node very close to the intersection to achieve the correct angle, so it will be necessary to zoom in to see them. If you make a change, be sure to leave them with the same angle.
|Remember, please avoid deleting segments on the map. Try to re-use them to preserve the traffic data as much as possible (see the motto and its description for editors)|
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, use the fields as follows:
- Street: Street, Square, Boulevard etc. (ulica, trg, bulevar, etc.)1
- City: town or municipality (grad, opstina)2
- Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
1 Street names are written in full length. However, for streets, the word "ulica" is omitted. (i.e. "Nikole Tesle" instead of "Ulica Nikole Tesle", "Sarajevska" instead of "Sarajevska ulica")
2 City is typically the name of the municipality, with the exception of cities which consist of multiple municipalities (i.e. Sarajevo, which consists of Novi Grad, Novo Sarajevo, Centar and Stari Grad). In those cases we use the name of the city and not the municipality. Here is the list of municipalities and cities in BiH. (to be further elaborated for small places/villages)
We are depending on local editors for the naming of the roads. There are few allowed sources available that we could use as a reference for street names, but they are now always up to date. Katastar is one source that covers FBiH. If you don't know the name of the road, check the None box after the street name in the edit menu. Specific information for some road types are explained in the paragraph on road types.
Adding a Road
Roads in WME can be added as street segments or roundabout segments. We can assign a type to each segment in the menu left. We use Functional Classification to choose what kind of segment and road type to use, depending on its use and the needed routing instructions. See below for more on road types.
- The main road(s) in a town should at least be set to primary.
- If segments will be used for through-going traffic or for longer distances connecting regions or towns, they should at least be mH (minor Highway)
- Main roads used for international transit should be MH (major Highway)
(to be elaborated - see Waze Forum for an ongoing discussion: )
Always make sure a road is at least connected to a same level of road type or higher. Thus, Waze should be able to route from primary to primary (or higher), from minor to minor (or higher), from major to major (or higher), and from Freeway to Freeway. Another way of explaining this, is that you should be able to continuously drive on the same type of segments for the routing engine to use that road type in the calculations.
This means we need to sometimes make small roads mH, for the possibility of calculating long distance routing. Please discuss with the local champs if anything is unclear.
- Freeways ("autoput") are motorways designed for high speed traffic, connected to other roads exclusively by ramps. All freeways in BiH are toll roads and numbered Ax, where x is the road number. For example: A1
- If the road connects to the International E-road network in Europe, it is assigned an Exx or Exxx number as well.
- In the primary name of the road, only use the road number without spaces or dashes, like Ax or Axx, no city name. If the road has an Exxx number as well, use it as an alternate name. (see picture)
- Any other names can be put as an alternate name, as well. However, make sure not to change road names at intersections without consulting this page or a senior editor, for they affect the routing instructions.
- Major Highways are the main country roads that are not freeways. In Bosnia an Herzegovina, only the main Mx roads are major highways. Similar to freeways, there might be an Exxx number assigned as well.
- In rural areas, use the same naming convention as described for freeways. In urban areas, a street and city name should be used in the primary name. Add the road number as alternate name. (see picture)
- Minor Highways are all the other main roads and most regional roads. The naming standard is the same as for the major highways. We use this road type for through-going traffic or for longer distances connecting cities or towns.
- Ramps are entrance and exit roads to highways. This road type in Waze has special functions for routing. It will yield the instruction "take the exit". Only use it for connections to and from highways where "take the exit" is applicable. In many cases, especially in urban areas, often just a "keep right" or a "turn right" is more helpful. Then, use the same type of road as the incoming or outgoing road type with the appropriate corners at the intersection, depending on the instruction needed. See the explanation on Interchanges and other connecting segments for detailed information. In case of doubt, ask a local champ or send a message to the CM.
- Generally, a ramp does not get an actual street or city name. We use the street name as navigation help.
The entrance ramps contain the name/number of the freeway ahead, followed by the cities in that direction. This information should mimic what a driver can see on the signage. For example: "A1 > Konjic / Mostar". The exit ramps contain the exit name, followed by the cities in that direction. For example: "Izlaz Vlakovo > Ilidža / Sarajevo". If the ramp segment connects segments of the same number road, the roam name should be added as alternate name. For example, if road E87 transitions from A1 to M5, the A1 segments, the M5 segments, as well as the connecting ramps should have E87 as alternate name.
- Primary are main roads in a town
- Dirt roads are non-paved roads that are drivable for normal cars (gravel or dirt).
- To enable dirt roads in routing, you need to specify that in the settings in the client.
- Parking Lot Roads are all roads that are used primarily for access to places, but should no be used for routing through-traffic. For example, paved roads that access the building, where there may be cars parked on the road, or a parking lot if front of a store.
- Private roads are roads that are not public, for example a long driveway to access a house, which doesn't have a name and is owned by the house owner. Additionally, roads with access control, such as gates, which require permission to drive on can be marked as private to avoid routing through traffic.
All other drivable roads should be set to Street.
Tunnels are drawn as regular roads, but using a separate segment. That segments is marked as "Tunnel" and the elevation is set to -1. See more details in the Wiki Tunnels article.
Roundabouts, rotaries, or traffic circles, are unique segments in the Waze routing engine. When a driver approaches a roundabout segment, a specific icon is displayed in the turn direction area of the display with a number corresponding to the exit count from the driver's entry into the roundabout. Manually creating a circular road will not tell Waze to navigate the area as a roundabout. A roundabout gives you instructions (US) like: "On the roundabout, take the 3rd exit" or, "On the roundabout, go left" depending on the way of drawing. A roundabout should be assigned the same road type of the highest classified, ongoing connected road.
Sometimes, a roundabout should not be drawn as a roundabout, to avoid confusing instructions. Always ask yourself, what kind of instruction will you hear or see in the app? Do that for every road into every direction.
Intersections that could cause confusion like described above, should be locked to level 3. If you have any doubt, please ask a senior editor or local champ for advise.
Non-drivable segments are generally not used, as Waze is only used for car navigation. However, these segments can sometimes be helpful for the car navigation and can be used as an exception. Do not map every pedestrian walkway out there, but if one looks like a street crossing a drivable road, it might be helpful for the driver to see it on the map.
As the map in Bosnia and Herzegovina still needs a lot of improvement, we don't want to lock too much that could block starting editors. However, to ensure routing, especially over larger distances, we do use locks for some roads according to the table below. Roads that need more protection because of special situations (construction, complicated design, frequent editing errors) may be locked higher. Make sure to thoroughly check the routing, before you lock the roads.
|Road type||Lock level|
Also, in urban areas that are mostly under construction, try to make stubs to the roads: making a short low-level segment for each exit that a low-level editor can attach to. If you need to edit a road above your lock level, ask an unlock or ask a higher level editor to do the edit for you.
Although speed limits are not a priority at this moment, they can be entered via WME. Standard speed limits in BiH are:
|Road Type||default speed in km/h (kph)|
Please be aware that areas or parts of roads can have different limits. If you are not familiar with the area, only add speed limits when there is a source that can verify the allowed speed, like recent streetview images in WME or a request from a user.
Update Requests (URs)
To answer the Update Requests, please use both the English and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian comment, and keep in mind that translations via a web service are often not very accurate. If people respond in a local language, ask a local editor for help.
Here is a first guideline for response times, based on the current situation:
For recent URs (<1 month):
- Start with thanking the reporter for reporting the issue.
- If the report is clear and you can solve the issue directly, please do and explain to the reporter what you have done. The reporter receives a message of your comment, and will feel valued for his/her addition. In addition, other editors can learn from your solution and it can help solving other issues in the neighborhood. You can close the UR as solved.
- When the issue is not clear, ask the reporter politely for more information.
- If the reporter doesn´t respond to your question within 7 days, you may send a reminder message. It often happens the reporters do respond only after a reminder.
- When the reporter also does not respond to your reminder within another 2 weeks, you can close the UR as "Not identified", with a comment in the conversation why you closed it. Meanwhile, there is some time to improve the area, and for the map updates to come live.
For reports between 1 and 6 months old, use your best judgement as to how to handle them. You may follow the guidelines above, asking for more info, including an apology for responding late. Again, always try to improve the area before closing the UR.
For older reports (half a year or more), our main focus is to inform the reporter that we are working on the map and they can help if they want. Allow at least two weeks before closing. In addition, before you close the report, try to figure out what the problem was. Always improve the area before you close the UR.
Elaborate information on URs can be read in the general Wiki page on Update Requests. Be aware, that if guidelines differ from what is written above, the local guidelines precede.
Map Problems (MPs)
Problem reports are automatically generated reports, that appear in the Waze Map Editor as a colored balloon without a smiley face. Balloons with a smiley face are user reported and are covered in the paragraph above. There are several kinds of MPs. In Base Map Areas you will find Missing road and Restricted turn might be allowed most often. Other kind of MPs are described in the Global Page on Map Problems. Try to solve the problem and close the MP as Solved. If you don´t know how to solve it, please discuss it with a local champ first before closing it as Not identified.