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This page is the key starting point for any editor of the Waze maps. Ensure that you read through the entire page to best prepare you for the many bits of information needed to make you a good map editor. People who edit the map without fully understanding many of these elements can do more harm than good with their edits. If you cannot find an answer to your question somewhere in the Wiki, be sure to post a question in the [http://www.waze.com/forum/ Waze Forums] where many experienced Wazers will be happy to provide an answer. Just be sure you did your best to search for the answer in the Wiki here.
== Usage of external maps ==
Usage of any external copyrighted source of information, in order to add information to the Waze database or maps, is not allowed. External copyright information includes any online or printed map information that is not provided by Waze like Google, Bing Aerial imagery.
Google's terms of use means that Waze cannot use their aerial images to update Waze maps. Those terms of use also apply to any user or editor of the Waze maps and database. Users cannot use Google's aerial images to edit the Waze maps. In some jurisdictions you may be able to use them as a reference (like looking at a map in a mapbook), but not as an overlay as with the Greasemonkey script Googze.
Using any source of external copyright information, such as Google Aerial imagery, puts the Waze maps under danger of being forced to revert all changes done to the map in your area / country.
If any user were to do such a thing, it would taint all the work that person did on the maps and Waze would need to reverse out all those edits. There could also be other adverse effects. Waze has already had to remove all the maps for Chile, and other South American countries because the source of the map data was not properly licensed (not the result of any Waze action).
So do not use Googze as a way of applying Google's aerial images as a replacement for Waze's licensed images when doing map editing.
Users may negotiate with officials in their country for access to aerial images that Waze can use. The user must be careful not to give the impression that they are acting on behalf of Waze. But as an interested citizen any user can speak with local authority, in a local language, to explain the benefits to their country in making aerial images freely available as a public good.
Note that external copyright information does not include any source of information that is provided by Waze through the internal tools of the online editor or application. Also any information developed independently by a user being physically present at a site is acceptable to add to the map as long as it is provided without copyright.
==The Road Maps History== The Waze map was started in many countries by importing publicly available road data. This data was fairly accurate in geometry, but could be out of date. It also did not include some details vital for a navigation system such as permitted travel direction, and distinctions between driveable drivable roads and non-driveable drivable ways, such as railroads and canals. The imported maps also did not indicate if a junction or bridge was present where roads crossed. Waze defaulted to a junction in all cases, and even though turn restrictions may show as being in place at these junctions, all turns are actually allowed if the segments have never been edited. This set of data was enough to get started, but definitely needed updating and maintenance.
This is where two key aspects of the Waze system come into play:
 # The web-based map editing tools for Waze users to edit maps of their neighborhoods, cities or other places with which they are familiar.# The collecting of GPS data from Waze users to modify the maps to set road direction and turning permissions at intersections.
Some countries had no data available for their road systems, so the maps for these countries must be built from the ground up by Waze users. The maps are created in the web editor using roads recorded in the Waze client and the stored GPS tracks of all Waze users superimposed over available aerial photography.
==The Map Editor== Waze is currently using its second generation map editing interface (covered in this article). Known as the '''Waze Map Editor''' (or WME for short), it is the default editor for Waze since September 19, 2011. This editor interface is internally code-named "Papyrus", and was functionally upgraded on August 12November 2, 2014 which added UI changes to Place Update moderation, ability to jump to another nearby Place Update Request to quickly moderate multiple requests in proximity to each other, 2012additional saving error meaningful messages, and removal of the ability to use the Service Road type. There are currently [[Banks of Servers|three different server farms ]] managing the maps of the world. Be sure to log into select the appropriate server when making edits to a particular part of the world. You can use the same username on all servers, but your editing points are managed separately by each server. Also the maps are not synchronized between the servers, so for example if you went to the North America server to modify parts of Europe, the different server supporting Wazers in Europe would not see your changes.
==Map Editing Quick-start Guide== 
Learning the best map editing techniques for proper navigation and appearance takes some time and practice, but it can be a fun and rewarding experience too. You can be proud that you are improving the experience for all Waze users. The details in later sections of this page are important for you to learn, but for simple edits, there is a [[Map Editing Quick-start Guide]] to get you going quickly.
It is very important that all editors take time to read all the documentation found in the [[editing manual]] to ensure the Waze map remains complete, accurate, and able to fully and properly route users.
 
 
== Accessing the Waze Map Editor (WME) ==
 
=== Basics ===
 
The Waze Map Editor is currently officially supported on the Chrome browser only. It may or may not work on other browsers, but there is currently no official support for issues that might arise.
 
You can access the map editing page directly using a single URL: [http://www.waze.com/editor http://www.waze.com/editor]. Use the menu at the top-right corner of the screen to select between US & Canada, Israel, and World server infrastructures.
 
If you are at the [http://www.waze.com Waze homepage]:
 
#From the Waze homepage select the Login link at the top-right corner of the screen.
#Click on "Live Map" in the main navigation header.
#Click on "EDIT THE MAP"
 
When have you successfully arrived at the Waze Map Editor, you are presented with a large splash screen full of information, possible actions, and a place to enter your Waze username and password.
 
[[File:Wme login splash screen.png|center|Wme login splash screen.png]]
 
<br/>Once logged in, your screen should look something like this:
 
[[File:Wme sample post login.jpg|700px|Wme sample post login.jpg]]
 
=== Best Map Editing Practices ===
 
When editing the Waze maps, please be sure to first review this page and also follow the [[Best map editing practice]].
 
=== Additional Details ===
 
Using the WME, you can add, edit, or delete nearly any object within your [[#Editable_Area|editable area]]. If a road segment is '''locked''' by a user with a higher editing rank than you, the road, intersection, or turn permissions connected to that road segment cannot be altered unless you chose one of the following:
 
*Place a request to the [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46319 Update/Unlock Request forums] to unlock that segment by giving them a [[Waze Map Editor#Permalink|permalink]] with the segment or segments highlighted and a country manager may unlock it for you.
*Send a Private Message (PM) to the previous editor using the [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&folder=inbox Forum PM functionality]. As of the August 12, 2012 update, Area Managers are no longer able to override segments locked by higher-rank editors.
 
<br/>Be sure to check out the [[Map Editing Tips and Hints]] page for some shortcuts for logging in to the map editor and other great pieces of information to enhance your map editing.
 
 
 
== Practice Mode ==
 
[[File:Wme practice mode sidebar.png|left|Wme practice mode sidebar.png]]
 
The Waze Map Editor has a Practice mode in which you can perform nearly every action available when logged into the Editor, except that you cannot save any changes. In order to save changes, you must log in. Practice mode is helpful to and should be used by users who are new to map editing in Waze. The editor, while in Practice mode, has icons/buttons and links on the left sidebar area shown here to the left.
==Accessing There is a significant amount of information organized in the wiki. In fact, nearly every question about Waze Map Editor (WME)==The Waze Map Editor editor has already been asked, and is currently officially supported on in the Chrome browser onlywiki. It may or may not work on other browsers, but there is currently no official support for issues that might ariseThat's why it's been created: to answer your questions.
You can access the map editing page directly using If you are a new editor, take time to read the links above in [[Waze Map Editor#The Map Editors|The Map Editorsediting manual]] sectionand use the editor in Practice mode, or practicing the functions you would if you can reach it from were logged in, but without the Waze homepage as follows:* For North American editors (USA, Canada, and some worry of Northern Mexico), login from http://wwwpermanently messing something up.waze.com* For the rest of the world (excluding Israel), login from http{{clear}} Here's some things to test out in Practice Mode://world.waze.com
# From the Waze homepage select the Login link at the top-right corner of the screen*Add, delete, update segments.# Select "Live Map" in the main navigation header*Rename a segment, change its direction, road type.# Select "Update Map" located just above the map viewer*Connect segments to other segments*Try changing turn restrictions. Restrict all turns on a junction. See how changing a segment direction affects turn arrows.*Build a roundabout*Add a park landmark*Build an overpass*Delete extra junctions*Add an alternate name to a segment
Once logged When you are ready to log inand try it for real, your screen should look something like thisuse the Log in link found on the bottom Practice Mode bar:
[[ImageFile:Wme3 sample post loginWme practice mode bottom bar.png|600pxcenter|Wme practice mode bottom bar.png]]{{clear}}
For the sake of efficiency, you may also wish to bookmark the link directly to the map editor:** For maps covering North America, Canada and parts of Northern Mexico, use [https://www.waze.com/editor/ https://'''www'''.waze.com/editor/]** For maps covering all other countries excluding Israel, use [https://world.waze.com/editor/ https://'''world'''.waze.com/editor/]== Editable Area ==
When editing the Waze mapsIn play mode (not logged in), please be sure to first review this page and also follow all areas of the [[best map editing practice]]are editable, though you can't save them. You should also be aware of [[Known_issues#Waze_Map_Editor|known Waze Map Editor issues or missing features]]Once you have practiced all the functionality, go ahead and log in and try it for real.
Using the WME, you can add, edit, or delete nearly any object within your [[#{{:Editable Area|editable area]]. If a road segment is '''locked''' by a user with a higher editing level than you, the road, intersection, or turn permissions connected to that road segment cannot be altered unless you chose one of the following:* Place a request to the [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=199 Update Request forums] to unlock that segment by giving them a [[permalink]] with the segment or segments highlighted and a country manager may unlock it for you.* Send a Private Message (PM) to the previous editor using the [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&folder=inbox Forum PM functionality]. As of the August 12, 2012 update, Area Managers are no longer able to override segments locked by higher-level editors.}}
* https://www.waze.com/editor/ for North America
* https://world.waze.com/editor/ for all other countries
Be sure to check out the [[== Map Editing Tips and Hints]] page for some shortcuts for logging in to the map editor and other great pieces of information to enhance your map editing.Basics ==
The Waze Map Editor editor was designed to be used without much documentation, but this list will give the quick basics for drawing a new road, [[roundabout]], or landmark
==Play Mode==#Click the item you want to create under the drawing button #*[[File:DrawRoads.jpg|30px]] RoadsThe Waze Map Editor has #**For a road, click to start drawing, click to add a practice mode called Play mode in which geometry [[Node]] as you can perform nearly every action available when logged follow a path, and double-click (or shift-click) to end drawing#**For a roundabout, click at the center of the roundabout and move the mouse to size it. Click to create it. Note there must be roads leading into the Editorroundabout first.#*[[File:DrawPlace.jpg|30px]] Places#**For a point place (formerly known as a point of interest), except that click the correct location to create the point.#**For an area place (formerly known as a landmark), click to start the landmark and click as you cannot save any changesfollow the outline of the area. In order Double-click to save changesend drawing.#For each object, there are details you must log in. Play mode is helpful need to enter before saving, such as the city, street name, direction and should be use by users who are new to map editing in Wazelevel, or landmark type for landmarks.#Click the Save button
If you are a new editor, take time to read the editing manual and use the editor in Play mode, practicing the functions you would if you were logged in, but without the worry of permanently messing something upYou can also modify or delete existing map objects. AddYou do this by selecting an object, deletethen modifying its geometry, update segmentslocation or properties. Change their properties, direction, road What is possible with each object depends on the typeof object. Connect segments The [[Editing manual]] is where you will find all the details necessary to other segments, try changing turn restrictions. Restrict understand all turns on a junction, build a roundabout, add a park landmark, build an overpass, delete extra junctions, give a segment a different name, an alternate name, set its level differently, etcthe editor functionality.
== Permalink ==
[[File:Wme permalink highlight.jpg|left]]{{/Permalink}}
==Editable Area==Your editable area consists <br/>'''{{Red|Tip:}}''' You can change the display name of:* Areas within a certain distance of any location you have driven with Waze running link in the past 3 to 4 months. This distance depends on your [[Editing ranks|Editing Rank]].* Areas in which you have requested to be an [[Area Manager]].forums by using the following format:
Once you have practiced all the functionality, go ahead and log in and try it for real.::[url=URL LINK]YOUR TEXT HERE[/url]
== Settings ==
[[File:Just tabs settings.png|thumbnail|300px]]<small>This feature is new {{As of|January 2015|lc=y}}</small><br/>
To access user-preference settings in WME, click the "Settings" tab in the left pane. Options include:
* '''Draw new roads as two-way''' - determines whether any new road segments you draw start as two-way or one-way
* '''Draw new roads with all turns allowed''' - when new roads are drawn with a connection to a junction, the junction can have all "turns" to or from the new segment allowed or disallowed
*'''Select only on empty selection''' - affects editor behavior when you select an object (road segment, junction, or place) when there is already an object(s) selected
** If not checked, then clicking on an object will automatically deselect any other objects already selected. This may cause accidental deselection
** If checked, you are prevented from selecting a new object if there is anything already selected. Note that multi-select mode allows you to select additional segments when segment(s) are already selected; use the control key for momentary multi-select, or press the M keyboard shortcut to toggle multi-select mode on/off. Also note that clicking an empty spot can still cause deselection.
*'''Enable fullscreen mode''' - when checked, more screen space is given to the map (removes the menu header from the top of the page). Keyboard shortcut {{key press|Shift|F}} toggles this setting.
*'''Units''' - Choose between Imperial (feet/miles) or Metric (meters/kilometers)
==Map Editing BasicsKeyboard Shortcuts ==The Waze Map Editor editor was designed to be used without much documentation, but this list will give the quick basics for drawing a new road, roundabout, or landmark# Click the item you want to create under the big + button#* For a road, click to start drawing, click to add a geometry [[node]] as you follow a path, and double-click (or shift-click) to end drawing#* For a roundabout, click at the center of the [[roundabout]] and move the mouse to size it. Click to create it. Note there must be roads leading into the roundabout first.#* For a landmark, or POI (Point of Interest), click to start the landmark and click as you follow the outline of the area. Double-click to end drawing.# For each object, there are details you need to enter before saving, such as the city, street name, direction and level, or landmark type for landmarks.# Click the Save button
You can also modify or delete existing map objects. You do this by selecting an object, then modifying its geometry, location or properties. What is possible with each object depends on the type of object. The [[Map_Editing_%28new_Editor%29#Editing_Manual|Editing Manual]] is where you will find all the details necessary to understand all the editor functionality.{{:Keyboard shortcuts}}
== Map Update Timing ==
==Permalink==[[Image:PermalinkEdits made in the online editors do not appear on the Live Map nor client immediately. The Waze servers typically update the client and Live Map every 24 hours, but at times delays could cause this to be multiple days between updates.png]]
In Please see the [[Timeline of updating process]] page for more detail on the various processes Waze Map Editor, a permalink is a URL used to take you or someone else directly to a specific map location. It stores and encodes the latitude, longitude, zoom level, visible layers, runs and any objects such as roads, junctions, or landmarks which are selected at the time the permalink is recordedexpected update timing.
To create a permalink to your current map editor view, first set the zoom level and select any road segments or junctions you want to point out to the user who will view the permalink. Use the multiple select option for your browser (CTRL-LEFT-CLICK for Windows-based systems). You can right-click the '''Permalink''' hyperlink at the lower right corner of the browser screen (see image). That will bring up the option to copy the URL into your computer clipboard.
Alternately you can left-click the hyperlink to reload the page which updates the URL at the top of the browser window which you can highlight and copy. With this method, be sure to first save any unsaved changes because this operation of the Permalink button will reload the browser window and lose any unsaved changes.== Editing Manual ==
If you notice the road layer does not match ''See the Bing aerial layer, you can press the Permalink button to regenerate the screen and clear up the misalignment[[Editing manual]] page. If instead you use the browser ''reload'' option the map will move to the location of the last time you pressed the Permalink button.
The last permalink is saved with your user profile. When you restart the browser and go to the Waze Map Editor, it will automatically take you to the last permalink you recorded.
When sharing a permalink be aware that what the recipient can see is limited by the recipients permissions. For example, editors cannot see update requests (URs) or map problems (MPs) outside their editable area. Thus, when posting a permalink regarding a UR or MP in the forums, be aware that only local editors, area managers for the area and country managers for the country will be able to view the UR or MP. If you wish for a broader audience to view the issue raised in a UR or MP, you will need provide the relevant information such as by posting a screen shot of the open UR or MP.== Style Guides ==
==Keyboard Shortcuts==Below The Style Guides are the default keyboard shortcuts important for understanding the nuances of road network design in Waze Map Editor. You can customize some keyboard shortcuts by bringing up the keyboard shortcuts help window (with the ? key)Please take time to read, select a shortcut and then press reference them in the single key future when you want to use instead of the default one. This affects the current browser and computer only. This shortcut information is not stored on the server, so you would have to repeat this for each computer and browser you usecome upon a tricky intersection.
{{Keyboard shortcuts WME}}*[[Junction Style Guide]]*[[Limited Access Interchange Style Guide]]
==Map Update Timing==
Edits made in the online editors do not appear on the LiveMap nor client immediately. Waze has a long-term goal of 24hr update processing, but that isn't happening yet. Please see the [[Timeline of updating process]] page for more detail on the various processes Waze runs and expected update timing.
==Editing ManualUsing External sources (such as Google Imagery) ==* [[Map Editing Quick-start Guide]]* [[Best map editing practice]]* [[Map Editing Tips and Hints]]* [[Map Editor Interface and Controls]]* [[Map Legend]]* [[How to label and name roads]]* [[Update Requests in Waze Map Editor]]* [[Map Problems in Waze Map Editor]]* [[Creating and Editing street segments]]* [[Junction Style Guide]]<!--* [[Fixing junctions and intersections]]-->* [[Fixing "smudged" cities]]* [[Creating and Editing a roundabout]]* [[Creating and Editing a landmark]]* [[Overpasses, Underpasses and Bridges]]* [[Updating the map]]* [[Editing ranks]]* [[How to handle road closures]] due to long-term construction, natural disasters, etc* [[How to add ferries]] (TO DO)* [[How to add tunnels]] (TO DO)* [[How to add a new road to an existing junction]]* [[Naming of roads crossing a dual carriage way]]* [[Editing more than one road]]* [[Warning on possible lack of accuracy in aerial images]]* [[Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes]]* [[Automatic map updates and the locking of roads]]* To report map editor performance issues, use the Quick Help form on the [http://www.waze.com/support Support Page]* [http://bit.ly/vQlGJT Outdated Aerials] - a form to report locations where the current aerial imagery is out of date
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==Using External sources (such as Google Imagery)=={{Template[[Category:External sources}}Waze Map Editor|Waze_Map_Editor]]
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