This page serves as the primary resource for editors of Indiana. Review all the sections to better understand how the guidelines for this state might deviate from the overall USA or worldwide guidelines. If you have any comments or questions about this page or state refer to the community links below.
10 Feb 2015 - Indiana will now use IN-xxx for Numbered State Highways
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Mapping resources
- 3 Community
- 4 Cities and towns
- 5 Major roads
- 6 Lock Levels
- 7 Name Normalization
- 8 Special roads
- 9 Closures
- 10 Update Requests
- 11 Places
- 12 Cameras
- 13 To do list
- 14 Other
- 15 Spotlight
- 16 Area Managers
- 17 Other states and territories
- 18 About this page
Indiana is a part of the Great Lakes region, which includes the states and/or territories of:
Before editing the maps in Indiana, be sure to fully review and understand the editing manual.
The Waze user community follows the Waze etiquette guidelines discussed in the Wiki. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these guiding principals while editing the maps and this Wiki, as well as when communicating with other Waze users.
Note: links are to Indiana Major City GIS resources unless otherwise indicated
County GIS resources unless otherwise indicated
- St. Joseph
The Waze forum is a great place to find answers to previously asked questions and also a place to ask new ones. Below are links to the forums specific to Indiana.
- Indiana section of Waze forum
- The Great Lakes region forum
- The USA section of Waze Forum
- The USA segment unlock requests
New editors should consider checking into the formal mentoring program available at no charge.
- Google HangOuts
If you send an Outreach message to a new Editor please log that communication into the Indiana Editor Outreach List Google Sheet
Cities and towns
One of the most common errors when editing the maps is when an editor creates a road and does not confirm the road by setting the city and road name (or stating it has none).
Census Designated Places webpage link: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/nav/jsf/pages/searchresults.xhtml
See Indiana/Cities and towns for guidance in Indiana that may not be universal to all other states and territories.
Indiana currently observes the following Great Lakes Region minimum lock levels for Waze road types:
(MH) - 3
(mH) - 3
(PS) - 2
- i.e. a ramp connected to a Freeway is locked at 5, a ramp serving a Major Highway, or Minor Highway intersection is locked at 3, etc.
All others - 1
Note: These are minimums and, for protection, certain segments may be at higher lock levels.
Or use this instead:
In Indiana we have a set minimum standard for locking roads based on segment type. Any road of a certain segment type must be locked at least to the rank (level) in the chart below. Roads may be locked higher for protection and special situations (areas with construction, tricky design, frequent mistakes, imaging inaccuracies, and the like), but should not be locked lower.
A great time to implement these locks is while bringing the road types of an area into compliance with the current US road type standards (FC and highway systems). Lock the roads based on type after they've been set to current US road type standards.
|Segment Type||Default locks|
|Highest rank of connected segment|
Indiana will use the following standards for naming:
Interstate System - I-xx
US Highways - US-xx
State Highways - IN-xxx
County Highways - CR-xxx
Indiana follows the standard USA guidelines for all of the following special road types.
- Divided highways and roadways
- Carpool, HOV, Transit lanes
- Roundabouts and traffic circles
- Dirt roads
- Toll roads
- Partial and scheduled restrictions
- Private installations and military bases
Review the Wiki guidelines for non-drivable roads to ensure compliance with the general guidelines.
Guidelines that vary by state or territory
The following special roads are managed slightly uniquely in some states and territories. This state uses the following standard guidelines found in the Wiki.
INDOT posts road closures and road reports to the Indiana Traveler Information.
Indianapolis maintains their own Road and Street Closures page.
Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) maintains a listserv for their projects and closures: INDOT Projects and Closures Mail List .
Major Construction Projects
An Update Request (UR) is a Map Issue reported by a user from the Waze client app. It is also a layer in the Map Editor. See update requests for more information.
Team UR Handling
In Indiana, we generally work as a team. URs are not owned by the first responder. If another editor has first hand knowledge of the issue and can make the necessary corrections to the map to solve the reported issue, they are free to do so. Editors must comment on a UR when closing them, even if the editor is the original reporter.
When a UR does not contain enough information or the fix is not obvious, Indiana has adopted the 1/4/8 system for response to Update Requests. 1/4/8 is the short way of explaining the following.
Within 24 hours (1 day) after an Update Request has been submitted, an editor should provide a response to the Update Request to get the process started. This starts a seven day clock.
If the reporter has not commented after 3 days (4 days since initial comment) a message should be sent reminding the reporter that we need more information about the problem they encountered to fix the issue.
"Just a reminder: We have not received a response on your report. If we don't hear back from you soon we will infer everything is okay and close the report. Thanks!"
If the reporter still has not commented after 4 more days (8 days since initial comment) a message should be sent telling the reporter that we were unable to fix the problem and this report is being closed. The Update Request then needs to be closed as Not Identified.
"The problem was unclear and volunteers didn't receive a response so we are closing this report. As you travel, please feel welcome to report any map issues you encounter. Thanks!"
Old User Reports
The 1/4/8 rule has been very successful in our busy areas with editors maintaining them. There are some areas outside of our reach and occasionally as we venture off the beaten path, we come across a report that has been there for quite some time. We feel these reports are as valid as the reports opened yesterday and they should be given the same courtesy of response as new reports. Give the reporter a chance to respond and try to recruit a new editor at the same time!
"Sorry for the delay - we need some Wazers to help out in this area! See https://wiki.waze.com/wiki/Waze_Map_Editor/Welcome"
If they let you know too much time has passed and they do not recall the issue, it can be closed if the problem can not be spotted. If the user does not respond, use the 1/4/8 rule.
Not every camera-looking device at an intersection is a speed or red light camera. Generally speaking:
Be sure to know your cameras before accepting new camera reports.
Currently only the Waze client app can add cameras to the map. When adding a camera from the app, be sure to review the camera placement recommendations.
Laws regarding speed and red light cameras vary between the states and territories, so be sure to understand the details of camera legality in Indiana.
The Indiana State Constitution does not allow speed / traffic / red light cameras in Indiana. The only cameras allowed by state law are for toll-booth areas only for enforcement of non-payment.
To do list
Many states and territories keep an active list of pending or closed actions that need to be done in the state by the editors. All editors are welcome to contribute to the list of activities.
Functional Classification Data
According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, Functional Classification is described as the following.
Functional classification is the process by which streets and highways are grouped into classes, or systems, according to the character of service they are intended to provide. Basic to this process is the recognition that individual roads and streets do not serve travel independently in any major way. Rather, most travel involves movement through a network of roads. It becomes necessary then to determine how this travel can be channelized within the network in a logical and efficient manner. Functional classification defines the nature of this channelization process by defining the part that any particular road or street should play in serving the flow of trips through a highway network. (FHWA Functional Classification Guidelines)
The easiest resource to use for Functional Classification data in Indiana is the Indiana Roadway Inventory site. To show Functional Class information, go to the Map Contents box in the lower left corner, click the checkmark next to Functional Class, and uncheck any other items that you would not want to see.
If you'd prefer offline PDFs, the Indiana Transportation Cabinet Functional Classification website has maps for major cities and all counties in Indiana.
Spotlight Indiana is an initiative started by MeridianHills. The origin of Spotlight Indiana originated from Waze's globally sponsored "MapRaids" where Map Editors form groups of teams that will collaborate to solve problems in the software such as places needing updated, correcting turn issues, adding in new roads, deleting defunct ones, and correcting other issues. All within a given time period.
The main objective of the spotlight is to put small towns and rural areas of Indiana more in the Waze spotlight and have a group of editors working with each other to tackle issues/reports as they come across them, as well as taking proactive actions and adding new things into the local map that aren't listed like gas stations, schools, police stations, parks, etc. It's a proven Wazical factor of Waze, proportionally/ statistically there are more Wazers in urban areas, therefore increased likelihood for editors to be working more in urban areas versus rural areas. Yes our urban Wazers and issues associated with urban areas are important but they are equally important as our rural Wazers. When an uninformed Wazer in an urban area gets an error or bad routing in most cases the re-route or address pin is off by not very much. In rural areas these types of issues can lead an uninformed Wazer to be routed several miles away when the error is small and easy to fix.
All Editors / Area Managers with editing capabilities in said areas are more than welcome to join in on the effort when available. This effort is a localized version of MapRaid in a way and can help those who are wanting to join in on the nationally sponsored Mapraids get the knowledge and experience of what it takes to participate in one. The goal of Spotlight Indiana is to better improve navigation throughout rural Indiana. While also giving newer and or interested editors the chance to work with current Area Managers, State Managers, and Country Managers and gain experience and knowledge to one day lead newer editors and assist them as they themselves become Area Managers, State Managers, and Country Managers.
For more information on this initiative please check out
|Indiana - Rural Raids||Sign Up!|
|Wk 1: 02/03/2015 - Fowler / Tell City / Hope / Manson & Colfax / Butler|
|meridianhills||Manson / Colfax||Comments...||PM|
|Raid #2 - LaGrange / Orleans / Dale / Rural4 / Rural5|
|meridianhills||||All of Indiana towns in Spotlight Raid #2||PM|
The table below identifies the editors also designated as Area Managers or higher who are editing in Indiana. If you have any questions, please consider contacting them directly as needed. If you are an Area Manager that covers Indiana, or a USA Country Manager that does a lot of work in Indiana, please add yourself to this list (alphabetical by username) in the correct rank section.
The editor who also serves as the Regional Coordinator for Indiana is automatically listed at the top of the table. That editor may not be highly active in this state and therefore may not be listed separately in the table.
|Indiana — Area, State and Country Managers|
Regional Coordinator(s): GizmoGuy411 ( ) and SkiDooGuy ( )
| Country Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|State Managers (Great Lakes region)|
|MeridianHills(4) [ ]||Statewide|| |
|jdeyoung(6) [ ]||Statewide|| |
| Area Managers |
|Bruce1224(5) [ ]||Eastern Indiana, Parts of Ohio and Florida, North-south line from Michigan to Madison, IN, running through Huntington.|| |
|umopapisdn(5) [ ]||AM for most of Southern Indiana, and a few other random locales|| |
| roadtechie(5) [ ]
||Southern Indiana|| |
West Virginia SM
|VernL4(4) [ ]||Lafayette, IN|| |
|Enfcer74(4) [ ]||West Central, IN|| |
|GadgetMTS(4) [ ]||NE Indiana: Allen, Noble; St Cloud, MN|| |
|Benenmen(3) [ ]||SW Indiana: Perry|| |
|dchary2418(3) [ ]||Miller Beach section of Gary|| |
|ndgeek(3) [ ]||NE Indiana counties: St Joseph, Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben|| |
|snowyhaijo(3) [ ]||Indianapolis|| |
|ndavis828(2) [ ]||Clinton, IN|| |
The following editors are also editing in the state and may be working towards an Area Manager position. Feel free to contact them for assistance in their respective areas.
| Other Area Editors |
|Username||General Editing Area||Comments|
|xanderb(5) [ ]||Southern Indiana|| |
|Aqualung812(3) [ ]||Columbus, Indiana|
|BobTheWikipedian(2) [ ]||Evansville, Indiana|
|phoenixhawke(2) [ ]||Noblesville, Indiana|
|ScottG76(2) [ ]||Indianapolis, Indiana|
|NoWareMan9(1) [ ]||NE Indiana, Fort Wayne, Allen County|
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