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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 This data was fairly accurate in geometry, but could be out of date.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 was functionally upgraded with [[on November 2, 2014 which added UI changes to Place Update Requests in Waze Map Editor#Communication|moderation, ability to jump to another nearby Place Update Request Conversations]] to quickly moderate multiple requests in proximity to each other, additional saving error meaningful messages, and [[Scheduled restrictions|Scheduled Segment and Turn Restrictions]] on November 3, 2013removal 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 Manual| 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 a single URL: [http://www.waze.com/editorhttp://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.
[[ImageFile:wme_login_splash_screenWme 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]].
Once logged in, your screen should look something like this:=== Additional Details ===
Using the WME, you can add, edit, or delete nearly any object within your [[Image:Wme sample post login.jpg#Editable_Area|700pxeditable 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:
=== Best Map Editing Practices ===When editing the Waze maps, please be sure *Place a request to first review this page and also follow the [[best map editing practicehttp://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46319 Update/Unlock Request forums]]. You should also be aware of to unlock that segment by giving them a [[Known_issues#Waze_Map_Editor|known Waze Map Editor issues #Permalink|permalink]] with the segment or missing features]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.
===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 <br/>Be sure to check out the [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=46319 Update/Unlock Request forums] to unlock that segment by giving them a [[Waze Map Editor#Permalink|permalinkEditing Tips and Hints]] with the segment or segments highlighted and a country manager may unlock it page for some shortcuts for you.* Send a Private Message (PM) logging in to the previous map editor using the [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&folder=inbox Forum PM functionality]. As and other great pieces of the August 12, 2012 update, Area Managers are no longer able information to override segments locked by higher-rank editorsenhance 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 ==
==Practice Mode==[[ImageFile:wme_practice_mode_sidebarWme 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.
There is a significant amount of information organized in the wiki. In fact, nearly every question about Waze has already been asked already, and nearly every answer is in the wiki. That's why it's been created: to answer your questions.
If you are a new editor, take time to read the [[editing manual ]] and use the editor in Practice mode, practicing the functions you would if you were logged in, but without the worry of permanently messing something up.{{clear}}Here's some things to test out in Practice Mode:
* Add, delete, update segments.* Rename a segment, change its direction, road type.* 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
When you are ready to log in and try it for real, use the Log in link found on the bottom Practice Mode bar:
[[ImageFile:wme_practice_mode_bottom_barWme practice mode bottom bar.png|center|Wme practice mode bottom bar.png]]{{clear}}
== Editable Area ==
==Editable Area==In 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.
In real edit mode (logged in), you can make changes with your ''{{:Editable Areas.'' Your editable areas consists of:* The roads you have driven recently (see note below)* Areas within a certain distance of those roads. How far this distance extends depends on your [[Editing ranks|editing rank]].* Areas in which you are the [[Area Manager]], a privilege you can request if you are at least rank 3. You can edit your assigned area, even if you have not driven a road nearby recently.}}
You can highlight your editable area on the map by turning on the [[Map_Editor_Interface_and_Controls#Editable_areas|layer for Editable Area]].
Once you have practiced all the functionality, go ahead and log in and try it for real.== Map Editing Basics ==
'''Some roads within your editable areas may have further restrictions.''' See 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, [[Editing restrictionsroundabout]] page for more information., or landmark
==== #Click the item you want to create under the drawing button #*[[File:DrawRoads.jpg|30px]] Roads#**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 on there must be roads leading into the definition of "recent" drives ====roundabout first.Waze records your drives#*[[File:DrawPlace. You can see jpg|30px]] Places#**For a point place (formerly known as a history point of those drives in interest), click the correct location to create the editorpoint. Make sure you have no roads or landmarks selected#**For an area place (formerly known as a landmark), click to start the landmark and click as you follow the outline of the Drives link in area. Double-click to end drawing.#For each object, there are details you need to enter before saving, such as the side panelcity, street name, direction and level, or landmark type for landmarks.#Click the Save button
Short drives are usually added to 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 Drives list almost immediatelytype of object. Longer drives may take a day or two The [[Editing manual]] is where you will find all the details necessary to appearunderstand all the editor functionality.
After a certain period of time, these drives expire. They may still show in your drives list, but Waze will no longer remember the drive details, and the editing area will be removed, unless there is a more recent drive== Permalink ==[[File:Wme permalink highlight.jpg|left]]{{/Permalink}}
<br/>'''{{Red|Tip:}}''' You can tell change the difference between recent drives and expired drives in the Drives panel. Recent drives are display name of a clickable link which will show in the path of forums by using the drive. Expired drives show the summary (date, elapsed time, length), but you can't click them.following format:
Drive expiration generally takes place 30-90 days after the drive.::[url=URL LINK]YOUR TEXT HERE[/url]
==Map Editing BasicsSettings ==The Waze Map Editor editor was designed to be used without much documentation, but this list will give the quick basics for drawing a [[File:Just tabs settings.png|thumbnail|300px]]<small>This feature is new road{{As of|January 2015|lc=y}}</small><br/>To access user-preference settings in WME, roundabout, or landmark# Click click the item you want to create under "Settings" tab in the big + buttonleft pane. Options include:#* For a '''Draw new roads as two-way''' - determines whether any new road, click to segments you draw start drawing, click to add a geometry [[node]] as you follow a path, and doubletwo-click (way or shiftone-click) to end drawingway#* For '''Draw new roads with all turns allowed''' - when new roads are drawn with a roundaboutconnection to a junction, click at the center of the [[roundabout]] and move the mouse junction can have all "turns" to size it. Click to create it. Note there must be roads leading into or from the roundabout first.new segment allowed or disallowed#* For a landmark'''Select only on empty selection''' - affects editor behavior when you select an object (road segment, junction, or POI place) when there is already an object(Point of Interests)selected** If not checked, click to start the landmark and click as you follow the outline of the area. Double-click to end drawingthen clicking on an object will automatically deselect any other objects already selected.This may cause accidental deselection# For each ** If checked, you are prevented from selecting a new object, if there are details is anything already selected. Note that multi-select mode allows you need to enter before saving, such as select additional segments when segment(s) are already selected; use the city, street name, direction and levelcontrol key for momentary multi-select, or landmark type for landmarkspress the M keyboard shortcut to toggle multi-select mode on/off. Also note that clicking an empty spot can still cause deselection.# Click *'''Enable fullscreen mode''' - when checked, more screen space is given to the map (removes the menu header from the top of the Save buttonpage). Keyboard shortcut {{key press|Shift|F}} toggles this setting.*'''Units''' - Choose between Imperial (feet/miles) or Metric (meters/kilometers)
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.== Keyboard Shortcuts ==
{{:Keyboard shortcuts}}
==PermalinkMap Update Timing ==[[Image:wme permalink highlight.jpg]]
{{permalink}}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 be multiple days between updates.
Please see the [[Timeline of updating process]] page for more detail on the various processes Waze runs and the expected update timing.
'''{{Red|Tip:}}''' You can change the display name of a link in the forums by using the following format:
:: [url=URL LINK]YOUR TEXT HERE[/url]
==Keyboard ShortcutsEditing Manual ==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}}''See the [[Editing manual]] page.''
==Map Update TimingStyle Guides ==Edits made in the online editors do not appear on the Live Map nor client immediately. Waze has a long-term goal of 24hr update processing. With the completion of infrastructure upgrades in the 2nd half of 2012, both North America and World map updates are running weekly.
Please see The Style Guides are important for understanding the [[Timeline nuances of updating process]] page for more detail on the various processes road network design in Waze runs . Please take time to read, and expected update timingreference them in the future when you come upon a tricky intersection.
*[[Junction Style Guide]]
*[[Limited Access Interchange Style Guide]]
==Editing Manual==
* [[Map Editing Quick-start Guide]]
* [[Best map editing practice]]
* [[Map Editing Tips and Hints]]
* [[Map Editor Interface and Controls]]
* [[How to label and name roads]]
* [[Update Requests in Waze Map Editor]]
* [[Map Problems in Waze Map Editor]]
* [[House_Numbers_in_WME|House Numbers in Waze Map Editor]]
* [[Creating and Editing street segments]]
* [[Scheduled restrictions|Scheduled (Time-Based) Segment and Turn Restrictions]]
<!--* [[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]]
* [[Private Installations|Private and Military Installations]]
* [[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
==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) ==
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