A “MapRaid” is a time limited (usually 7, 10, 14 days), joint community effort, to quickly and efficiently improve routing, navigation, plus clean, resolve, and update within the designated area of the map.
Mapraid brings a multitude and various ranks of editors to an area. Veteran editors mentor new editors, and together they bring the Waze map to perfection.
While MapRaids bring areas to an improved state, they also bring communities together. The US editors even invited editors from other countries to participate in NY, LA and TX MapRaids.
- Improve the map quickly and significantly.
- Increase in connectivity score.
- Respond and solve User Reports (URs.)
- Fix auto generated Map Problems (MPs.)
- Faster updates of pending “Places”.
- Establish a mentoring culture within the community.
- Opportunity to learn from new areas and experienced editors.
- Strengthen relationships inside the community.
- Getting more people together and making the community stronger.
- Recognition from Waze via HOF (Hall Of Fame)
How a MapRaid is organized
- Local Champs and/or Country Managers identify problem area of a county’s map.
- MapRaid Request Form is submitted to Waze.
- The MapRaid is organized between the Waze Community Manager and the local leaders.
- The community running the MapRaid decides how to distribute the areas being raided and the fun begins!
If you’d like to start a MapRaid in your area, we can help make that happen. Read through the information below and submit a MapRaid Request Form to get one started!
The following is summary for the numbers, stats and achievements for the 25 MapRaids to date, including those currently in progress.
- MR's managing champs: 56.
- Raiders: 886.
- Countries: 15.
- Edited segments: 1,468,709 (!).
- Created segments: 346,577.
- Number of solved MP's: 9,555.
- Number of resolved UR's: 68,584.
- Number of updated pending venues: 95,203.
- Total amount of increase in connectivity score: 46.9%. (2% average improvement per MapRaid.)
- MapRaids are currently underway in Canada and Italy. Canada’s is scheduled to end on Wednesday of next week, and Italy’s is schedule to end on Monday. Their achievements
and stats are not calculated for this summary.
Here are some guidance on how to do a MapRaid 1- You can start by using this Google sheet made by US editors. Benefit of using this sheet is that everything is fully automated. Please make a copy for future use. 2-
MapRaid - manual for champs
Recently, we’ve been working on launching a new editing initiative which came to us through our community of editors in Indonesia called MapRaid.
MapRaid is an event in which mappers from all over a community join together to resolve MP’s, UR’s, mass add “Places”, fix connectivity problems and add missing roads in a pre-determined area of the map. Together, the raiders quickly (and vastly) improve the overall condition of their area’s map. At the end of the MapRaid, the leading participants will be presented in the MapRaid Hall of fame.
A MapRaid is a great way to strengthen community, increase accuracy of maps and launch and/or support local mentoring programs. For example, this could be a nice opportunity for mentees to amp up their score or even to move up in editing levels.
How it works
MapRaids span a few days (usually a week or two) and are conducted in key areas of major cities, or in areas where there are not a lot of active/experienced mappers. From the pilot we ran in Indonesia and The Philippines, we have come to learn that MapRaids lead to major improvements in routing, searching and navigating using Waze.
To start, Local Champ(s) and/or Country Manager(s) identify areas of a country’s map that needs major work. A MapRaid Request Form is submitted and then the raid is organized with your community manager at HQ and local mappers. The community running the MapRaid decides how to distribute the areas being raided and the fun begins!
Prior to submitting the MapRaid Request form, the following information should be prepared: Which Champ/s will be spearheading the raid Proposed area/country which will be raided (a permalink would be great!) Find map editors who would like to participate: Use local forums and reach out to your local community manager to get both experienced and local editors involved Decide the number of mappers participating in the MapRaid. Again, this is a great opportunity for mentoring! Consult your community and find good dates for the raid (usually a week, or two).
- Improving Connectivity: Maybe the most important goal is to increase the level of connectivity. Achieve this goal by seeing that junctions are properly connected, correcting segment direction, and updating connectivity arrows between connected segments.
- Tackling Map Problems & Update Requests: A MapRaid area is likely to contain a lot of map problems and update requests. Try to look in to as many of them as possible and resolve them as “Solved” or “Not identified” to increase the connectivity of the map and make routing a lot more efficient.
- Updating and Adding “Places”: Updating as many “Places” as possible (sites, important locations and businesses) is an important goal of a MapRaid. Adding, editing, approving, and rejecting a place that was added by a low ranked mapper, will help the map become more informative.
MapRaid is an event in which volunteer Waze mappers from all over a community join together to resolve Map Problems, User Reports, mass add “Places”, fix connectivity problems and add missing roads in a predetermined area of the map. Together, the raiders quickly (and vastly) improve the overall condition of their areas' map. At the end of a MapRaid, the leading participants will be presented in the MapRaid Hall of fame.
MapRaid was first initiated by the Indonesian community of editors and then beta run with the Filipino community. The result was great in both test areas; providing the local community with a massive decrease of map problems, update requests and pending ‘places’.
The Filipino Community MapRaid lasted one week, and resulted in 226 User Requests answered, 194 Map Problems fixed (leaving zero remaining). There is a new program from Waze called MapRaid! A “MapRaid” is a time limited, joint effort of a community, to improve the condition of the map. Veteran editors mentor/teach new editors, and together they bring the map in the area to perfection.
Some of the benefits of MapRaid! Improving routing and navigation within the designated area quickly and efficiently.
Improve the map quickly and significantly.
Solve / respond User Reports.
Updating pending “Places” faster.
Establish a mentoring culture within the community.
Strengthen the relationship inside the community.