→General Guidelines on Road Editing
=== Note to all would-be editors in the Philippines ===
Waze map editing differs from traditional cartography and other online cartography programs in that we don't just map as we see. Many well-meaning editors have attempted to edit the Waze map without carefully perusing the guidelines first, causing damage to the map and messing up navigation instead. That being said, once you have gotten the hang of the rules, much of it is common sense and logic. It is, however, expected of every editor in the Philippines to be part of the community because Waze is ever-evolving and so are community guidelines.
= == General
guidelines on road editing ===
1. Creating roads: You may use aerial images or GPS tracks as a guide, or you may use your recorded drives. When drawing roads, pay careful attention where you trace. Generally it is recommended that you trace right where the GPS tracks are thickest (if available). Please make sure the Roads layer is on before tracing a new road to prevent making duplicate/overlapping roads. Note also that we don't necessarily trace exactly what we see. See [[wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Global/Best map editing practice|Best map editing practice]] for specifics.
2. Setting road type:
* Freeways – Toll Roads or Expressways where a toll fee needs to be paid
* Ramps – On and off ramps from Freeways, segments that are not at-grade or ground level, used to connect segments with different levels
* Major Highway – DPWH Primary Roads or roads that connect cities of > 100,000 population
* Minor Highway – DPWH Secondary Roads or roads that
connects other cities (i.e. <100,000 population), ports, ferry terminals, airports, tourist service centers, and other national government infrastructure to the primary network.
* Primary Street – Main thoroughfares of a city or municipality and/or DPWH Tertiary Roads
* Street – ordinary street, mainly residential
* Unpaved - If the road is a highway, primary, or a street but is unpaved. Different from off-road where only specialized vehicles can pass through
* Tunnel - If the road is underground
4. Setting directionality: This is fairly straightforward for most roads. However, take note of the rules for splitting segments before mapping two
parralel one-way segments going in opposite directions. Many Philippine roads should be mapped as two-way segments despite being split in reality (e.g. subdivisions with a guard house between the entrance and exit)
5. Setting the elevation level (Ground, Tunnel = '''-1''', Flyover = '''1''', '''2''', '''3''', etc.): Only tunnels or underground roads are to be set to -1. If one road passes over another, the bottom road is Ground and the one that passes over is 1. Tunnels should at least be 100m in length, otherwise leave them as ground level unless they pass under a segment already on ground level.
6. Setting speed limits: Do this in accordance with [http://www.lto.gov.ph/component/jdownloads/send/9-republic-act/70-republic-act-4136?option=com_jdownloads REPUBLIC ACT No. 4136] Chapter IV Article 1 (Section 35) ''Restriction as to speed''. Check [[Philippines/Speedlimit|here]] for details.
7. Connecting or creating junctions (attaching to existing roads): Before attempting to connect roads, make sure both roads are within your editing level. If any segment is above your level you will not be able to make a connection even if they look like they are. All you will have succeeded in doing was to put an end node on top of a segment. You will know that you have successfully made a connection/junction when you see the roads "snap" together, and turn direction arrows
Do not make a connection/junction between non-routable road types (e.g. '''Walking Trails''', '''Pedestrian Boardwalk''', '''Stairway''', '''Railroad''', and '''Runway/Taxiway) '''and routable road types, even if they are connected in real life. This will cause routing problems.
Set turn restrictions and if u-turns are allowed on junctions, the easiest and fastest way to do this is to click on the junction node and hit 'w' on your keyboard. This will set all turns to enabled or green . Leaving a turn restriction disabled does not mean that Waze will not route to it, Waze can still route a turn to it since it is connected. To prevent routing, a segment needs to be totally disconnected from a junction and placed 5m apart.
Follow the PH Road Naming convention when adding road names -
# Always use the official name as the street name (DPWH Name) # Do not use multiple street names separated with a slash "/"
# If there are local (LGU) or other name for the street, add them as an alternative name
# Use punctuation for initials except for cardinal directions
# N, E, W, S, NE, NW, SE, and SW without punctuation will be read as cardinal directions
# Excluding route numbers, maximum length of street name should NOT exceed 5 words (street name)
# Do not use the word 'to' (preposition)
as the beginning of a street name, unless it is an actual street name # Do not use the word 'exit' (e.g. 'Exit to...') in the street name. It can be used when the street is commonly known to have one e.g. 'Marilao Exit'
# Refer to the Philippines TTS List for a complete list of supported abbreviations <nowiki>https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1FsYSMh1aR7l-ZF9NAHT63h8xSVFD5S8ixeJlsM98o4w/edit?usp=sharing</nowiki>
10. When naming streets, omit "City" and "Street". e.g. "Pasig City" to "Pasig" only and "Dela Rosa Street" to "Dela Rosa" only. Except when they are not "Streets" like "Kamias Road", "Aurora Boulevard", "Ayala Avenue", etc. If you are going to abbreviate, make sure you follow [https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/lv?key=0AgVtBjo5tTNgdG5vVHN5RmVzaWdlWk1VLTRzYUhGN0E< Waze Abbreviations and TTS] standards so that our street names are ready for TTS (Text To Speech).
Currently Waze has a global issue with cities having duplicate names (with the exception of North America). We are hoping to resolve this in the future by having the Province label (equivalent to State) activated. For the time being, to address this issue, the province's initial, to which the city or municipality belongs to, is added (suffixed) to the name. e.g. Alaminos (L) for ''Laguna'', Alaminos (P) for ''Pangasinan''. Kindly refer to this link of '''[https://www.facebook.com/groups/WazePhilippines/doc/494500773906457 repeating city names]''' for a complete listing of all the cities and municipalities within the Philippines.
11. '''Do not split roads unless''' they are Expressways, Major, and Minor Highways. Even if they are Major or Minor highways, do not split them if they do not have wide median barriers. Split roads complicate routes and are harder to maintain. Some formal guidelines for splitting roads in the Philippines
road should be split if: * There is at least 5 meters of non-drivable surface between directions of travel. (This means a median of some type like cement, planter boxes, trees, or just grass.* GPS tracks show a clearly definable gap /blank area between the color-by-azimuth arrows at the 100m zoom level.
* U-Turns are required to properly make turns that are blocked by a median.
A road '''should not'''
be split because:* There is a curb or non-drivable media less than 5m wide between lanes of travel. This means a turn lane, even a wide one, between directions of travel, does not count because it is drivable.* There are a lot of roads intersecting which can only turn onto the nearest direction of travel.* Google Maps or other mapping source show it as a split road* The non-drivable median is interrupted by a cross segment at most intersections. '''Turn Lanes or at-grade connectors ''' - First and foremost, the need to have the turn lanes mapped needs to be established. As the driver approaches an intersection, Waze has usually given at least one warning that a turn is imminent, and we can assume that the driver is already looking for turn lanes. For most intersections, that is enough to guide the driver into the proper lane and to turn at the proper time; in other words, it is enough that the two roads intersect without separately mapped turning lanes. There are only a few situations in which connectors are called for in an intersection:
* When the turn lane physically separates from the main road well in advance of the intersection
* When the turn lane is far enough from the point of intersection on the map (due to the size of the intersection or the angle at which the roads meet) that the driver might overshoot while waiting for a delayed "turn" audible, or that the Waze client might become confused and disrupt navigation
* When you get an automated report (map problem) that the roads are too far apart due to the intersection being too far from the turn lane
* When in doubt, leave it out. Each connector complicates the map and adds to your workload when the time comes to check connectivity, direction, name, etc
When you are confident
on an area you have mapped, '''lock the roads''' to prevent any changes or edits on the roads. While we appreciate the help of newbie Waze editors in editing our maps, they are prone to creating errors if not informed and educated properly on our map editing guidelines. It would be great if we can direct them to read this guide first before they start doing any edits. Read the [[Philippines/Locking |Philippines Locking Policy]] for more details.
=== Map Comments ===
Map comments are used to communicate with other editors but it is NOT an alternative to the other communication channels of the community. Use it to leave short notes to other editors (e.g. "Do not connect these segments, there's a gate here"). DO NOT use it to request for edits as map comments are too easy to overlook.