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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.
  ==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 This data was fairly accurate in geometry, but could be out of date.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 April 21, 2013. There are currently three different server farms managing the maps of the world. Be sure to log into 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.
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 was functionally upgraded on November 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, additional 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 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 ==
==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 Manualediting manual]] to ensure the Waze map remains complete, accurate, and able to fully and properly route users.  == Accessing the Waze Map Editor (WME) ==
=== Basics ===
==Accessing the Waze Map Editor (WME)=====Basics===The Waze Map Editor 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 the links above in a single URL: [[Waze Map Editor#The Map Editors|The Map Editors]] section, or you can reach it from the Waze homepage as follows:* For North American editors (USA, Canada, and some of Northern Mexico), login from http://www.waze.com* For the rest of the world (excluding Israel), login from /editor http://worldwww.waze.com/editor]. Use the menu at the top-right corner of the screen to select between US & Canada, Israel, and World server infrastructures.
# From the Waze homepage select the Login link If you are at the top-right corner of the screen[http://www.# Select "Live Map" in the main navigation header.# Select "Update Map" located just above the map viewerwaze.com Waze homepage]:
Once logged #From the Waze homepage select the Login link at the top-right corner of the screen.#Click on "Live Map" in, your screen should look something like this:the main navigation header.#Click on "EDIT THE MAP"
[[Image:Wme1 sample post loginWhen 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.jpg|700px]]
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[File://wwwWme login splash screen.wazepng|center|Wme login splash screen.compng]] <br/editor/ https>Once logged in, your screen should look something like this://'''www'''.waze.com/editor/]** For maps covering all other countries excluding Israel, use [[httpsFile://worldWme sample post login.wazejpg|700px|Wme sample post login.com/editor/ https://'''world'''.waze.com/editor/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]]. You should also be aware of [[Known_issues#Waze_Map_Editor|known Waze Map Editor issues or missing features]].
===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 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.
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: * httpsPlace a request to the [http://www.waze.com/editorforum/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 North Americayou.* httpsSend a Private Message (PM) to the previous editor using the [http://worldwww.waze.com/editorforum/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 all some shortcuts for logging in to the map editor and other countriesgreat pieces of information to enhance your map editing.  
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 ==
==Play Mode==The Waze Map Editor has a [[File:Wme practice mode called Play mode in which you can perform nearly every action available when logged into the Editor, except that you cannot save any changessidebar. In order to save changes, you must log in. Play png|left|Wme practice mode is helpful to and should be used by users who are new to map editing in Wazesidebar.png]]
If you are The Waze Map Editor has a new editor, take time to read the editing manual and use the editor Practice mode in Play mode, practicing the functions you would if which you were can perform nearly every action available when logged in, but without into the worry of permanently messing something up. AddEditor, delete, update segmentsexcept that you cannot save any changes. Change their propertiesIn order to save changes, direction, road typeyou must log in. Connect segments Practice mode is helpful to other segments, try changing turn restrictionsand should be used by users who are new to map editing in Waze. Restrict all turns on a junctionThe editor, build a roundaboutwhile in Practice mode, add a park landmark, build an overpass, delete extra junctions, give a segment a different name, an alternate name, set its level differently, etchas icons/buttons and links on the left sidebar area shown here to the left.
There is a significant amount of information organized in the wiki. In fact, nearly every question about Waze has already been asked, and is in the wiki. That's why it's been created: to answer your questions.
==Editable Area==Your editable area consists of:* Areas within If you are a certain distance of any location you have driven with Waze running in new editor, take time to read the past 3 to 4 months. This distance depends on your [[Editing ranks|Editing Rankediting manual]].* Areas and use the editor in which Practice mode, practicing the functions you would if you have requested were logged in, but without the worry of permanently messing something up. {{clear}} Here's some things to be an [[Area Manager]].test out in Practice Mode:
Once you have practiced *Add, delete, update segments.*Rename a segment, change its direction, road type.*Connect segments to other segments*Try changing turn restrictions. Restrict all the functionality, go ahead and log in and try it for realturns 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
When you are ready to log in and try it for real, use the Log in link found on the bottom Practice Mode bar:
==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# 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 File:Wme practice mode bottom bar.png|center of the [[roundabout|Wme practice mode bottom bar.png]] 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{{clear}}
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 [[Waze Map Editor#Editing_Manual|Editing Manual]] is where you will find all the details necessary to understand all the editor functionality.== Editable Area ==
==Permalink==[[Image:wme31 permalinkIn play mode (not logged in), all areas of the map are editable, though you can't save them. Once you have practiced all the functionality, go ahead and log in and try it for real.jpg]]
{{permalink:Editable area}}
==Keyboard Shortcuts==
Below are the default keyboard shortcuts for the Waze Map Editor. You can customize some keyboard shortcuts by bringing up the keyboard shortcuts help window (with the ? key), select a shortcut and then press the single key 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 use.
{{Keyboard shortcuts WME}}== 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
==Map Update Timing==Edits made in #Click the online editors do not appear on item you want to create under the Live Map nor client immediatelydrawing button #*[[File:DrawRoads. Waze has jpg|30px]] Roads#**For a road, click to start drawing, click to add a geometry [[Node]] as you follow a longpath, and double-click (or shift-term goal click) to end drawing#**For a roundabout, click at the center of 24hr update processingthe roundabout and move the mouse to size it. Click to create it. With Note there must be roads leading into the completion roundabout first.#*[[File:DrawPlace.jpg|30px]] Places#**For a point place (formerly known as a point of infrastructure upgrades in interest), 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 follow the 2nd half outline of 2012the area. Double-click to end drawing.#For each object, there are details you need to enter before saving, both North America such as the city, street name, direction and World map updates are running weeklylevel, or landmark type for landmarks.#Click the Save button
Please see 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 [[Timeline of updating processEditing manual]] page for more detail on is where you will find all the details necessary to understand all the various processes Waze runs and expected update timingeditor functionality.
==Editing ManualPermalink ==* [[Map Editing Quick-start GuideFile:Wme permalink highlight.jpg|left]]{{/Permalink}} <br/>'''{{Red|Tip:}}''' You can change the display name of a link in the forums by using the following format:* [[Best map editing practice]]* ::[[Map Editing Tips and Hints]url=URL LINK]* YOUR TEXT HERE[[Map Editor Interface and Controls]/url]* [[Map Legend]]* [[How to label and name roads]]== Settings ==* [[Update Requests in Waze Map EditorFile:Just tabs settings.png|thumbnail|300px]]<small>This feature is new {{As of|January 2015|lc=y}}</small><br/>* [[Map Problems To access user-preference settings in Waze Map Editor]]* [[House_Numbers_in_WME|House Numbers WME, click the "Settings" tab in Waze Map Editor]]the left pane. Options include:* [[Creating and Editing street segments]]<!'''Draw new roads as two-way''' -* [[Fixing junctions and intersections]]determines whether any new road segments you draw start as two-way or one->way* [[Fixing '''Draw new roads with all turns allowed''' - when new roads are drawn with a connection to a junction, the junction can have all "smudgedturns" cities]]to or from the new segment allowed or disallowed* [[Creating and Editing a roundabout]]'''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* [[Creating and Editing a landmark]]* [[OverpassesIf not checked, Underpasses and Bridges]]then clicking on an object will automatically deselect any other objects already selected. This may cause accidental deselection* [[Updating the map]]* [[Editing ranks]]* [[How If checked, you are prevented from selecting a new object if there is anything already selected. Note that multi-select mode allows you to handle road closures]] due select additional segments when segment(s) are already selected; use the control key for momentary multi-select, or press the M keyboard shortcut to longtoggle multi-term construction, natural disasters, etcselect mode on/off. Also note that clicking an empty spot can still cause deselection.* [[How '''Enable fullscreen mode''' - when checked, more screen space is given to add ferries]] the map (TO DOremoves the menu header from the top of the page). Keyboard shortcut {{key press|Shift|F}} toggles this setting.* [[How to add tunnels]] '''Units''' - Choose between Imperial (feet/miles) or Metric (TO DOmeters/kilometers)* [[How == Keyboard Shortcuts == {{:Keyboard shortcuts}} == Map Update Timing == Edits 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 add a new road to an existing junction]]be multiple days between updates. * Please see the [[Naming Timeline of roads crossing a dual carriage wayupdating process]]page for more detail on the various processes Waze runs and the expected update timing.  * [[== Editing more than one road]]Manual ==* [[Warning on possible lack of accuracy in aerial images]]* ''See the [[Carpool, HOV, Transit lanesEditing manual]]page.''* [[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== Style Guides ==
==Style Guides==
The Style Guides are important for understanding the nuances of road network design in Waze. Please take time to read, and reference them in the future when you come upon a tricky intersection.
* [[Junction Style Guide]]* [[Limited Access Interchange Style Guide]]   == Using External sources (such as Google Imagery) == {{:External sources}}
==Using External sources (such as Google Imagery)=={{Template[[Category:External sources}}Waze Map Editor|Waze_Map_Editor]]
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