→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.
* 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
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).
A road '''should be split''' if:
* 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.
12. 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
14. '''KISS! - Keep It Simple, Stupid'''! Our maps should work best if they are kept simple rather than complex, therefore simplicity should be the main objective in our maps and unnecessary complexity should be avoided.
Places are the equivalent of Points of Interest (POIs) in other navigation systems. Unlike traditional cartography or other online maps, we do not map every single place/POI we see. We only add places that are likely to be useful for navigation. Hence, we do not map generic places such as fishball stands, sari-sari stores, plants, pedestrian footbridges/overpasses, etc. That is also why we try to avoid generic names such as "basketball court", "fountain", "store", etc. for places we've deemed worth mapping. See our [[
wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Philippines/Philippines/ Places Policy|Places Policy]] for more details.
* '''Area Places''' - These are POIs that are useful visual landmarks and are mapped to be visual cues on the client app. .
* '''Point Places''' - Most establishments should be mapped as a point place. These are searchable on the Waze app but not visible unless chosen as a destination
=== 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.
=== Speed Cameras ===
=== Major Traffic Events ===
Events (MTE) are ______ look here for more details.
Before making any MTE, please coordinate with local champs first. This is to prevent duplication of events and to make sure all closures are created and placed correctly.
Real-Time Closures === Real-time Closures (RTC) are _______ look here for more details. At present, editors level 4 and above are able to add and remove real-time closures to roads. Special permissions have also been given to our CCP partners such as the MMDA. For urgent closures, contact a local champ to facilitate the addition or removal of an RTC.