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# Update pending Places  
# Update pending Places  
# Solve Update Requests and Map Problems
# Solve Update Requests and Map Problems
# Add important bodies of water, including Lake Kariba, Zambezi River, Kafue River and Luangwa River
# Add important bodies of water, including LImpopo, Molopo, Shashe, and Linyanti rivers, and the Okavango Delta.
== Hosts ==  
== Hosts ==  

Revision as of 15:02, 17 November 2017

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Mega MapRaid! " X " Zambia
Start: November 20th (Monday) 10:00 UTC End: November 30th (Thursday) 22:00 UTC
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A “MapRaid” is a time limited, joint effort of a community, to improve the condition of the map. Veteran editors mentor new editors, and together they bring the map in the area to perfection.

Open to all ranks.

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  1. Create new roads where there is no basemap [Primary Goal]
  2. Fix basemap roads (including moving the roads to the correct places and ensuring connectivity) [Secondary Goal]
  3. Solve long distance routing issues
  4. Update pending Places
  5. Solve Update Requests and Map Problems
  6. Add important bodies of water, including LImpopo, Molopo, Shashe, and Linyanti rivers, and the Okavango Delta.


EdItor Rank Role
elphix (PM) 6 MapRaid Coordinator
LeighGr (PM) 6 MapRaid Coordinator
OrbitC (PM) 6 MapRaid Coordinator


We will use these two methods to communicate:

  • Waze's official but limited chat within WME (be sure to choose the Zambia chat room in the chat window)
  • Primary communication language is English as we have editors from 47 different countries. Please ask for help if you need help with translation

Raid Areas and Groups

Botswana has been divided into 4 mapraid groups which roughly align with districts of Botswana

  • Use this overlay for WME to view the boundaries of the mapraid groups. Keep in mind that the border is very rough and cannot be used to precisely define the national boundaries.
  • To use the overlay, you must first have TamperMonkey (Chrome) or Greasemonkey (Firefox) installed.
Editor Rank Group Country

MapRaid Guidance

Before you edit

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    Use the settings tab (gear icon on the right).
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    Advanced Preferences: Check all boxes
    Units: Metric
    Environment: World
    Language: Choose your language
Left-hand Traffic (LHT)
Left-hand Traffic (LHT)

In countries like the South Africa, United Kingdom, and Australia, the following terms are commonly used to describe the rule of the road for these countries:

  • Left-hand traffic (LHT) - Traffic position
  • Keep to the Left - Traffic position
  • Drive on the Left - Traffic position
  • Right-hand drive (RHD) - Driver position

Zambia is a Left-hand Traffic (LHT) country. For more about this, please read Rule of the road.

Improve major connectivity

Interconnection between major Zambian towns and cities has been identified as a major routing issue. We need to check the routes that connect the towns and cities. Many times, highways are interrupted by lower level streets, and Waze cannot calculate a long distance route.

Known interconnection issues
Fix the T1 between Livingstone and Choma
Start End
Choma Livingstone
Kabwe Kitwe
Ndola Solwezi
Chinsali Anywhere
Nyimba Chipata
Solwezi Mwinilungu

Add Roads, Remove Roads, Check Arrows, Confirm "soft" Turns

Correcting base map

In many places, the base map needs to be corrected. Some segments were created long ago when imagery was not as good as it is today. Alignment and road types are important factors to make sure are correct.

Add missing roads

Please read the simple quick-start guide for a guideline on adding new roads.

If you notice any roads on the satellite layer that have not been added to the WME map, please add them. Make sure the road is complete, drivable and is connected to the rest of the road network. Some clues you can use to confirm smaller roads are:

  • GPS layer showing Wazers are driving on the road.
  • Information from local drivers who have been there (this can be you if you have been there).

Many roads are not surfaced (i.e. they are gravel roads). Use the "unpaved" checkbox only on "Street" road type. NEVER use the "unmaintained" road type. See #Unsurfaced Roads below for more on this.

Divide Highways

This highway median is > 5m wide. Draw it divided.

If you are adding a new road whch will be classified as mH or higher and is wide enough for median segments at intersections to be >5m, you need to create two one-way segments. You can open Advanced Preferences and uncheck the box for "Draw new roads as two-way" to help with this.

Highways which were on the map before the mapraid began are already divided if they need to be. If you find an "old" highway that you think needs to be divided, please contact a mapraid leader. We follow the guidelines in this presentation when dividing roads to save traffic data in both directions.

Solve URs and MPs

When responding to URs, you have a few choices. You can use Google Translate or ask in our MapRaid Discord channel.

Large Area Places -

Please add the National Parks, Forest Reserve, and Wildlife Preserves, using any allowable sources of information to get accurate boundaries. Please add bodies of water which are important for helping drivers orient themselves as they navigate with Waze. In general, roads are more important than bodies of water. If you have questions, please contact your group leaders.

Speed Limits

Do not add speed limits. It is NOT a goal of this mapraid. Some roads may have speed limits which were verified by eye or from UR. Do not change speed limits unless you can verify the presence (or absence) of a sign.

Road Classification

Road Type Name Example Name type Lock Level
 Freeway  T2 Tx 5
 Major Highway  M9 Mx 5
 Minor Highway  D170 Dxxx 3
 Primary Street  Haile Selassie Ave Conventional Name 2
 Street  Lufupa Rd Conventional Name 1
 Ramp  None

Unsurfaced Roads

Use the "Unpaved" checkbox

DO NOT use the road type "Offroad / 4x4". Use the most appropriate road type for routing.

Do NOT use the unpaved checkbox for road types Primary Street and up. Only use the unpaved checkbox for segments of type "Street". Here is an example of a major highway which is not surfaced, but is not marked unpaved. This is to allow good routing.

Only add streets which motorized vehicles can use. Do not add roads which are not passable, not wide enough, etc.


Zambia follows the global standards for road abbreviations and acronyms.

Common examples found in Zambia are as follows:

Type Abbreviation
Avenue Ave
Boulevard Blvd
Circle Cir
Drive Dr
Street St
Road Rd
Way Way

Tools for this MapRaid

Editing Resources

Only use sources that are allowed by Waze. Allowed sources:

NOT allowed sources:

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  • Information from other maps
  • Google Maps
  • Google Street View
  • Street names which appear in WME street view images (these come from Google Maps, and are sometimes wrong)

Warning: If you copy information from unauthorized sources, you may be removed from this mapraid. Also, every segment you edited may be removed from the map. Copying information from copyrighted sources is illegal!

Specific tools for this MapRaid

  • Use this overlay for WME to view the boundaries of the mapraid groups. via an extra layer. Keep in mind that the border is very rough and cannot be used to precisely define the national boundaries.
  • To use the overlay, you must first have TamperMonkey (Chrome) or Greasemonkey (Firefox) installed.

Highly recommended scripts

These tools are all scripts that will help you make better use of the information available to you in WME. For this mapraid, the following are highly recommended. You are responsible for learning what they do and using them appropriately.

WME Magic

  • Tampermonkey plugin that will help you spot basemap problems more quickly. Ask group leaders for best basemap settings.


WME Toolbox

  • Helps you spot 2-segment loops, segments with undefined direction, and "soft nodes" with unconfirmed turns, and has other tools available for higher-ranked editors. Some tools are not working following recent WME changes.

Junction Angle Info

Street View Availability

Please remember that you are responsible for edits made through the use of scripts. Always understand what the script does before using it! There is a wiki page and a forum with more information.

How To

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Warning: A technical difficulty in WME is currently causing problems creating junctions in a couple of situations. When you try to junction a new, unsaved segment to a previously-saved segment, it may not save correctly. After you save, check that the two segments are junctioned by looking for arrows. To correct the problem, pull the end of one segment away, drop it, then pull it back to the junction point and drop it to create a junction. Save and check again. The script WME Magic can help you spot these errors on the map.

Introduction to Basemap Editing