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= Precautions =
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* Are you working in an area which has '''not been edited?''' Segments won't have any road or city names, or direction set yet.
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Indian Editing Quick-Start Guide</p></div>
  
* Are you working in an area which has been '''edited recently'''? Remember that this has been done by other editors who have invested their time trying to make the roads and cities as accurate as possible, so please be careful before changing others' work.  
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This page provides the basics to start editing the Waze Map in India. Most of the paragraphs include links to pages with elaborate information, in case you want to know more. These pages can be Indian, but can also be global pages in Waze, general pages from another source or even from another country. All pages specific for India show the tabs on top. If information seems to contradict, the guidelines for India always prevail.
  
* You can always send a [https://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Private_message Private Message] (PM) to the editors whose work you are about to change, as they might be working on a longer-term project to improve a particular area, and your changes might help or hinder this. When editors have invested a lot of time in improving an area, they can be a bit possessive about it, and want to be assured that new editors are going to make changes that improve it further.
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Because Waze is a navigation tool and not a topographic map, some things are drawn differently than expected. Our advice is, after reading this page, to choose one type of edit and first familiarize yourself with all aspects of that edit. Otherwise, you might as well get overloaded with information. Your [[India/Community|Community]] is happy to help you make your edits work. <br />
  
* You might see [https://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Update_Requests_in_Waze_Map_Editor URs] [[Image:Request pin open-low.png]] on the map. These are reported by users that noticed something wrong or strange on the map. You can respond to them and request more information about the problem, more information about UR's can be found [https://www.waze.com/wiki/index.php/Update_Requests_in_Waze_Map_Editor here].
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* Do '''NOT''' map every road you see. If a road is not accessible to cars, it often is not useful to draw this in Waze. Pedestrian area's are usually only drawn if they are useful for navigational purposes. When in doubt, contact a more experienced editor.
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=How to get to the Waze Map Editor (WME)=
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# Log in to www.waze.com. If prompted to login, use the same username and password as you do on the Waze client app and the rest of the Waze website.
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# Search for your location
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# Click 'live map'
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# Click 'edit the map'
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Or, go directly to www.waze.com/editor/?env=row.<br />
  
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After logging in, you will see the following page:
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If you have any questions,read the wiki and ask questions in the [http://www.waze.com/forum/index.php forums] or on Slack. India has its own discussion [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=171 forum] which you should visit regularly. Join in discussions to get clarification for things you don't quite understand. Send PMs to other editors who seem to work in your area. Get to know the Area Managers who have shown good editing skills and have been allocated a specific area to look after.
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[[File:Wme_whole_window_blank.jpg|660px]]
 
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If you want to learn more about the controls and functions of WME (Waze Map Editor), you can find more details on the [[Map_Editor_Interface_and_Controls|WME Interface and Controls]] page.
Above all, use the search feature in both the forums and this wiki to find what's already been asked and answered. And have fun!
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= Getting started =
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== Communication ==
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Waze is dependant upon its local communities. A community requires people to communicate and organise. You can find most Waze editors on the Waze forum. There's also an Indian subforum for questions about Waze in India or to ask for help in India.
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You can find the Indian subforum [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=171 here].
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=== Permalinks ===
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If you want help with, or have a question about a specific area or road, it can be useful to generate a permalink. A permalink is a URL used to take you or someone else directly to a specific map location. It  contains latitude, longitude, zoom level, visible layers, and optionally a junction or a place or one or more segments. 
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To create a permalink, zoom and pan the map to show what you want to show.  Next, hover the mouse over the [[File:wme_permalink_icon.jpg]] permalink icon on the right side of the bottom bar until a message pops up.  Then use {{Key press|Ctrl|C}} to copy the permalink. You can paste this link anywhere you need it.
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== Practice mode ==
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= Practice mode =
If you're a first time editor, it can be useful to start in [https://wiki.waze.com/wiki/Waze_Map_Editor#Practice_Mode Practice Mode]. In Practice Mode you can practice editing without risking damaging the map, since your edits and changes are not saved. For more experienced editors this can also be useful to test out complicated or new road constructions.
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If you're a first time editor, it can be useful to start in [https://wiki.waze.com/wiki/Waze_Map_Editor#Practice_Mode Practice Mode (global page)]. In Practice Mode you can practice editing without risking damaging the map, since your edits and changes are not saved. For more experienced editors this can also be useful to test out complicated or new road constructions.
  
 
To edit in Practice Mode, you go to the [https://www.waze.com/editor/ editor], and without logging in, click on "Practice Mode".
 
To edit in Practice Mode, you go to the [https://www.waze.com/editor/ editor], and without logging in, click on "Practice Mode".
  
 
[[image: Wme_login_splash_screen.png|350px]]
 
[[image: Wme_login_splash_screen.png|350px]]
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=Editing the map=
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Most starting editors at first try to match the map of Waze perfectly to the satellite image. They split roads, add walking trails, make the roads very fluently and draw detailed places. However, Waze is NOT a topografical map, but a navigation system that routes you to your destination in the best/fastest way. Therefore, keep the Waze map [[India/Editing/Improve_your_skills#Basic_principles_of_Waze|simple]]: The lesser the detail, the clearer the map, lesser data use, faster calculations, and easier maintainance. With that in mind, let's start edit the map!
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===Roads===
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Indian cities have been growing rapidly, with lots of roads being made and connected to existing roads. We can add roads from the app (the [https://support.google.com/waze/answer/7163572?hl=en&ref_topic=6262573 Pave function]) as well as in WME. Please only add roads when you are sure they exist. Also, please be careful deleting roads, as they contain valuable information. Best is to consult with a senior editor or local Area manager (see the [[India/Community|Community page]]. Extended info is on the page about [[India/Editing/Roads#When_to_add_roads_.28and_when_not.29|Roads]].
  
= Roads =
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==== Adding roads ====
Indian cities have been growing rapidly, with lots of roads being made and connected to existing roads. If you notice any roads on the satellite layer that has not been added to the base map, please add it. However, ensure that you always verify that the road has been completed and properly connected before extending it.
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[[File:In New Roads.png|right|300px]]
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If you turn on the GPS layer, you can see if the road has been driven on. If the layer doesn’t show any GPS arrows, it’s possible that the road hasn’t been opened for the public, or is just a road that has not been driven on by a Wazer yet.
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On the left of the image, running alongside the Yamuna Expressway, there is a service lane that hasn’t been driven on. Leave it like this, if you live in the region, pay the location a visit to see if the road is open and drivable.
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== Adding roads ==
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# Hover the mouse over the [[File:DrawRoads.jpg|30px]] button on the toolbar at the top of the page and click "Road"
 
# Hover the mouse over the [[File:DrawRoads.jpg|30px]] button on the toolbar at the top of the page and click "Road"
 
# Click the mouse on the map at the point where you want to start the new road segment.
 
# Click the mouse on the map at the point where you want to start the new road segment.
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# Select the segment again, and fill in the details of the segment in the menu pane on the left.
 
# Select the segment again, and fill in the details of the segment in the menu pane on the left.
  
* Each segment that is added must have a Country, City, and Street name, under the "Edit" link left. If there is no City and/or Street name available, then the "None" box(es) must be selected, or the segment will not be used in navigation. In the editor, you will see a '''red''' outline around the segment (see picture-to be added).  
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* Each segment that is added must have a Country, City, and Street name. Use the [[File:WME_menu_edit_streetname_pencil.PNG]] pencil next to the name of the road. If there is no City and/or Street name available, then the "None" box(es) must be selected, otherwise you will see a '''red''' outline around the segment (see picture-to be added). Read more about [[India_Quickstart#Road_properties|Road properties]] further on this page.
 
* Be sure the road actually exists before creating it. If you turn on the GPS layer, you can verify if the road has been driven on already. Of course it's also possible that the road exists, but hasn't been driven on by a Wazer yet.
 
* Be sure the road actually exists before creating it. If you turn on the GPS layer, you can verify if the road has been driven on already. Of course it's also possible that the road exists, but hasn't been driven on by a Wazer yet.
 
* Always try and find as much detail about the road as you can. Arguably the best source would be the Eicher City Map of the area, if you have it. If you don’t, buy one. It’s a worthwhile resource for a Wazer in India.  
 
* Always try and find as much detail about the road as you can. Arguably the best source would be the Eicher City Map of the area, if you have it. If you don’t, buy one. It’s a worthwhile resource for a Wazer in India.  
 
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:<small>''Tip: * You can change your [[Waze_Map_Editor#Settings|settings (global page)]] to draw roads as two-way streets. </small>
<small>''Tip: * You can change your [[Waze_Map_Editor#Settings|settings]] to draw roads as two-way streets. </small>
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==== Junction & Geometry nodes ====
=== Junction & Geometry nodes ===
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[[Image:Segments Nodes Junctions.png|center|575px]]
 
[[Image:Segments Nodes Junctions.png|center|575px]]
 
:[[Image:Segment_geometry_node.png|left|Segment geometry node]][[Image:Landmark_node.png|left|Places geometry node]]When editing a segment or Area Place, large white circles appear where the segment changes direction ultimately altering its shape. Click and drag them individually to alter the geometry of the segment or Place. Press the '''d''' key while the mouse is hovered over them to delete the geometry node. Alternately, hold the '''d''' key and then move the mouse over the nodes you want to delete.
 
:[[Image:Segment_geometry_node.png|left|Segment geometry node]][[Image:Landmark_node.png|left|Places geometry node]]When editing a segment or Area Place, large white circles appear where the segment changes direction ultimately altering its shape. Click and drag them individually to alter the geometry of the segment or Place. Press the '''d''' key while the mouse is hovered over them to delete the geometry node. Alternately, hold the '''d''' key and then move the mouse over the nodes you want to delete.
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You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing '''d''' on your keyboard.
 
You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing '''d''' on your keyboard.
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=== Junction Arrows ===
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====Cutting a segment====
[[Image:lotsa_turns.jpg|left|frame]]<br />
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You can cut a segment into two new segments. You can do this by [[India_Quickstart#Adding_roads|adding a new segment]] from some random point nearby, to the point of the segment where you want to cut it. A new junction will be added. Delete the new segment just created. The newly created junction will remain and you made two new segments out of one. If you need to actually separate the road segments at that point, just relocate the end point of one of the two new segments.
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==== Junction Arrows ====
 
When you select a segment, you can allow or restrict the turns by clicking the arrows at the junction(s) with other segments.
 
When you select a segment, you can allow or restrict the turns by clicking the arrows at the junction(s) with other segments.
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[[Image:lotsa_turns.jpg|left]]<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  
 
* A green arrow means Allowed
 
* A green arrow means Allowed
 
* A yellow arrow with a clock means [[partial restrictions|Partially Restricted]] (scheduled or vehicle-type based)
 
* A yellow arrow with a clock means [[partial restrictions|Partially Restricted]] (scheduled or vehicle-type based)
 
* A red arrow with the circle-slash icon means Restricted  
 
* A red arrow with the circle-slash icon means Restricted  
* Clicking an arrow toggles between Allowed and Restricted (or, between Partially and Fully Restricted).
 
  
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Clicking an arrow toggles between Allowed and Restricted (or, between Partially and Fully Restricted).
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==== Road properties ====
 
All road properties that can be changed are visible in the left pane when you select a segment.  
 
All road properties that can be changed are visible in the left pane when you select a segment.  
[[File:In LeftSidePane.PNG|left|200px]]
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[[File:In LeftSidePane.PNG|left|framed|220px|Menu in left pane (pic needs to be updated with new WME]]
 
'''Name'''<br />
 
'''Name'''<br />
Click on the [[File:WME_menu_edit_streetname_pencil.PNG]] pencil next to the name of the road. Clicking this will allow you to edit all the address information. There are many abbreviations for street names, so [[How_to_label_and_name_roads_%28India%29#Abbreviations|read this]] before entering them.<br /><br />
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Click on the [[File:WME_menu_edit_streetname_pencil.PNG]] pencil next to the name of the road. Clicking this will allow you to edit the address information. We try to keep the names uniform, which is important for the display as well as for routing purposes. Please use the  [[How_to_label_and_name_roads_%28India%29#Abbreviations|abbreviations]] when you enter road names.<br />
  
[[File:In streetname city none.PNG|frameless|right]]<br />
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[[File:In_streetname_city_none.PNG|framed|220px|right|Menu after clicking the pencil]]<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  
 
If you do not know the name of the road, check ''None'' on the right side of the Street or City box (see picture on the right); otherwise the road will remain red and this makes it difficult to use in routing.
 
If you do not know the name of the road, check ''None'' on the right side of the Street or City box (see picture on the right); otherwise the road will remain red and this makes it difficult to use in routing.
  
 
DO NOT FORGET to click '''Apply''' after entering the street and city name.
 
DO NOT FORGET to click '''Apply''' after entering the street and city name.
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===== Road type =====
 
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For every segment in the WME, you can choose the type of road. Road types are important for the display and routing, and may differ from the actual road type. In general:
=== Road type ===
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* The main roads in a district or town should at least be set to primary.
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*  If segments will be used for through-going traffic or for longer distances connecting districts or towns, they should at least be mH (minor Highway)
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* Main interconnecting roads with fast traffic should at least be MH (major Highway)
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| National Highways(managed by [http://www.nhai.org/ NHAI])
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| Minor Highway
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| All State Highways and Arterial Roads within Indian Metro Cities
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| Primary Street
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''Non-drivable'' - aren't really worth adding, as Waze is an app aimed at commuters who drive, but if you really feel the need to add these, be careful and make sure that they DO NOT connect to drivable roads as Waze has been known to route people along walking trails and the like!
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For more information about road types, see [[How_to_label_and_name_roads_%28India%29#Road_types|how to name roads]]
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Always try to connect a road to a same level of road type or higher. Thus, Waze should be able to route from primary to primary (or higher), from minor to minor (or higher), from major to major (or higher), and from Freeway to Freeway. Another way of explaining this, is that you should be able to continuously drive on the same or higher type of segments for the routing engine to use that road type in the calculations.
  
=== Direction ===
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This means we sometimes need to make small roads mH, for the possibility of calculating long distance routing. If anything is unclear, please ask your community for input.
Two-way, one-way or unknown.  ALWAYS choose 1 of these 3 options, NEVER leave it blank.
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=== Speed limit ===
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For more information, see [[India/Editing/Roads#Road_Types|Road types in India]].
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Make sure you are entering in metric units (kilometers) and NOT in imperial units (miles).
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===== Direction =====
If you do not know the speed limits, leave it blank.
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Two-way, one-way or unknown. Always choose 1 of these 3 options, never leave it blank.
  
=== Elevation ===
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===== Speed limit =====
This is for the elevation of the road if roads overlap without crossing. For example a bridge or overpass.
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Here you can enter the speed limit for each direction. Make sure you are entering in metric units (kilometers) and NOT in imperial units (miles). If you do not know the speed limits, leave it blank. The general guidelines for speed limits are on the [[India/Editing/Roads#Speed_Limit|Roads page]].
  
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===== Elevation =====
This determines what level editors need in order to edit the segment.
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This is for the elevation of the road if roads overlap without crossing. For example a bridge, flyover or overpass.
You cannot edit roads locked by a higher level editor than you. To get it unlocked you should post on the [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=171 India Forum] or on Slack.
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===== Lock =====
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Roads can be locked to prevent breaks in the routing. Depending on the condition of the map and the road type, often the roads are locked to a [[India/Editing/Roads#Lock|specific locking standard]].  
  
Depending on the road type, the road should be locked on specific lock-levels.  
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You cannot edit roads locked at a higher level than your editing level. If you need to edit a road locked above your level, post an Unlock Request on the [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=171 India Forum] or ask at our communication platform [[India/Community#Communication|Slack]].
Sometimes it is possible for a road to be locked higher than this because it is an important road, or it has been changed recently.  
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===Adding Places===
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Hover over this [[File:DrawPlace.jpg|30px]]button to show Place categories. Choose one and click on the map to add it. This will add a point place. Use the [[Map_Editor_Interface_and_Controls#Left_Pane_when_a_Place_is_selected|left pane]] to change it to an area and to add other information about the place. For an area place, use [[#Geometry_node|geometry nodes]] of the place to change its shape.
  
{| class="wikitable"
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Only actual "Places" or Points of Interests (POIs) should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their way. See the extended guidelines on [[India/Places|Places]] for more information.
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====Petrol Pumps and Parking Lots====
! Road type !! Lock level
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Special Places are Petrol Pumps (in Waze called "Gas stations") and Parking Lots. Waze saves a lot of data with these Places and they need to be handled with care. Always draw them as areas. For more information, see the section about it on the [[India/Places#Car_Parks_.2F_Parking_Lots|Places]] page.
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URs ([[File:Request_pin_open-high.png|22px|frameless]] Update Requests; map problems reported by waze users) and MPs ([[File:Problem pin open-high.png|22px|frameless]] automatically generated Map Problem reports) show where the map needs work. We must solve them to fix the map. URs also give us a way to contact our fellow wazers, who may become interested in editing. It is important to handle them with care and attention. Please read the [[India/Editing/Problem_reports|Indian guidelines on URs and MPs]].
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= Permalinks =
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A permalink is a URL used to take you or someone else directly to a specific location on the map. It contains all information necessary to discuss that location, like latitude, longitude, zoom level, visible layers, and optionally a junction or a place, or one or more segments.
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== Non-existent roads ==
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File:In New Roads.png|1. New Roads
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File:In Non-existent road 1.png ‎|2a. Non-existent roads
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File:In Non Existent Roads solution.png‎|2b. Disconnecting a non-existent road
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File:In Unfinished road.png‎|3. Unfinished road
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There may be roads that have been drawn in the base-map but may not be in the satellite images, or they may not exist in real life at all. Again, the GPS points will help you determine their status. If the satellite image shows an incomplete road with no GPS points (Pic 2), leave the road in the base map. If it’s already drawn, disconnect the junction nodes to valid roads (Pic 2b). If no road has been drawn (see Pic. 3), go ahead and add the road with the name “Road Under Construction”. Do not connect it to any other roads. The road can then be easily found and completed once the road is opened.
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= Adding Places =
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To create a permalink, zoom and pan the map to show what you want to show. Next, hover the mouse over the [[File:wme_permalink_icon.jpg]] permalink icon on the right side of the bottom bar until a message pops up.  Then use {{Key press|Ctrl|C}} to copy the permalink. You can paste this link anywhere you need it.
Only actual "Places" or Points of Interests (POIs) should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their way.
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For the purposes of searching for addresses or businesses, Waze gets its results from other providers (Bing, Google, foursquare), so it's not necessary to add them to the map as well, unless the information from the other providers is incorrect.
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To include a single place, junction, or segment in the permalink, click on it before using the permalink icon. To include several segments and/or objects, use {{Key press|ctrl|click}} (for MAC:{{key press|command|click}}). Make sure all segments in your selection are visible in the screen when making the permalink.
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* See the guidelines on [[How_to_draw_and_label_landmarks_%28India%29|How to Draw and Label Places]].
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= Take the next step =
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This page is only intended as a Quick-start and is not intended to answer all of your questions.  If you only intend to add a few street names, or allow a turn, then this is aimed at you. Before you start any serious editing please also read all the [[India/Editing|Indian  mapping guidelines]].
  
= Further Details =
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Helpfull tips and often encountered problems when starting editing are described in the page to  [[User:Moweez/IN_Editing|Improve your skills]] (page under construction)
This page is only intended as a Quickstart and is not intended to answer all of your questions. If you only intend to add a few street names, or allow a turn, then this is aimed at you. Before you start any serious editing please also read the [[India |India Editing Best Practice]]
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Latest revision as of 10:07, 30 March 2018

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Indian Editing Quick-Start Guide

This page provides the basics to start editing the Waze Map in India. Most of the paragraphs include links to pages with elaborate information, in case you want to know more. These pages can be Indian, but can also be global pages in Waze, general pages from another source or even from another country. All pages specific for India show the tabs on top. If information seems to contradict, the guidelines for India always prevail.

Because Waze is a navigation tool and not a topographic map, some things are drawn differently than expected. Our advice is, after reading this page, to choose one type of edit and first familiarize yourself with all aspects of that edit. Otherwise, you might as well get overloaded with information. Your Community is happy to help you make your edits work.

How to get to the Waze Map Editor (WME)

  1. Log in to www.waze.com. If prompted to login, use the same username and password as you do on the Waze client app and the rest of the Waze website.
  2. Search for your location
  3. Click 'live map'
  4. Click 'edit the map'

Or, go directly to www.waze.com/editor/?env=row.

After logging in, you will see the following page:

Wme whole window blank.jpg If you want to learn more about the controls and functions of WME (Waze Map Editor), you can find more details on the WME Interface and Controls page.

Practice mode

If you're a first time editor, it can be useful to start in Practice Mode (global page). In Practice Mode you can practice editing without risking damaging the map, since your edits and changes are not saved. For more experienced editors this can also be useful to test out complicated or new road constructions.

To edit in Practice Mode, you go to the editor, and without logging in, click on "Practice Mode".

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Editing the map

Most starting editors at first try to match the map of Waze perfectly to the satellite image. They split roads, add walking trails, make the roads very fluently and draw detailed places. However, Waze is NOT a topografical map, but a navigation system that routes you to your destination in the best/fastest way. Therefore, keep the Waze map simple: The lesser the detail, the clearer the map, lesser data use, faster calculations, and easier maintainance. With that in mind, let's start edit the map!

Roads

Indian cities have been growing rapidly, with lots of roads being made and connected to existing roads. We can add roads from the app (the Pave function) as well as in WME. Please only add roads when you are sure they exist. Also, please be careful deleting roads, as they contain valuable information. Best is to consult with a senior editor or local Area manager (see the Community page. Extended info is on the page about Roads.

Adding roads

  1. Hover the mouse over the DrawRoads.jpg button on the toolbar at the top of the page and click "Road"
  2. Click the mouse on the map at the point where you want to start the new road segment.
  3. Move the mouse cursor along the path of the road and click the mouse to add a geometry node for each point that changes direction along the road.
  4. When finished, double-click the last point to end the segment.
  5. Select the segment again, and fill in the details of the segment in the menu pane on the left.
  • Each segment that is added must have a Country, City, and Street name. Use the WME menu edit streetname pencil.PNG pencil next to the name of the road. If there is no City and/or Street name available, then the "None" box(es) must be selected, otherwise you will see a red outline around the segment (see picture-to be added). Read more about Road properties further on this page.
  • Be sure the road actually exists before creating it. If you turn on the GPS layer, you can verify if the road has been driven on already. Of course it's also possible that the road exists, but hasn't been driven on by a Wazer yet.
  • Always try and find as much detail about the road as you can. Arguably the best source would be the Eicher City Map of the area, if you have it. If you don’t, buy one. It’s a worthwhile resource for a Wazer in India.
Tip: * You can change your settings (global page) to draw roads as two-way streets.

Junction & Geometry nodes

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Segment geometry node
Places geometry node
When editing a segment or Area Place, large white circles appear where the segment changes direction ultimately altering its shape. Click and drag them individually to alter the geometry of the segment or Place. Press the d key while the mouse is hovered over them to delete the geometry node. Alternately, hold the d key and then move the mouse over the nodes you want to delete.
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Landmark intergeometry node.png
The smaller white circles between the geometry nodes are "inter"-geometry nodes. When you click and drag an inter-geometry node, it becomes a larger geometry node and two more inter-geometry nodes appear halfway between each side again.

Tips: * Under the Layers.png Layer icon at the top right of the Map Editor Tool Bar, you can turn off the road layer , to have a better view on the road structure and Satellite Image.

Junction Nodes

In practice: There are roads with unnecessary Junction Nodes and Geometry Nodes. Junction Nodes that aren’t connected to other streets and are a part of the same road and elevation can be removed. You can click on it and press the trash can icon on the top right of the screen Trashcan.png (or press ‘Delete’ on the keyboard).

Geometry Nodes



You will see Geometry Nodes as white circles when you select a segment. You can delete unnecessary ones by hovering the mouse over it and pressing d on your keyboard.


Cutting a segment

You can cut a segment into two new segments. You can do this by adding a new segment from some random point nearby, to the point of the segment where you want to cut it. A new junction will be added. Delete the new segment just created. The newly created junction will remain and you made two new segments out of one. If you need to actually separate the road segments at that point, just relocate the end point of one of the two new segments.

Junction Arrows

When you select a segment, you can allow or restrict the turns by clicking the arrows at the junction(s) with other segments.

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  • A green arrow means Allowed
  • A yellow arrow with a clock means Partially Restricted (scheduled or vehicle-type based)
  • A red arrow with the circle-slash icon means Restricted

Clicking an arrow toggles between Allowed and Restricted (or, between Partially and Fully Restricted).

Road properties

All road properties that can be changed are visible in the left pane when you select a segment.

Menu in left pane (pic needs to be updated with new WME

Name
Click on the WME menu edit streetname pencil.PNG pencil next to the name of the road. Clicking this will allow you to edit the address information. We try to keep the names uniform, which is important for the display as well as for routing purposes. Please use the abbreviations when you enter road names.

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If you do not know the name of the road, check None on the right side of the Street or City box (see picture on the right); otherwise the road will remain red and this makes it difficult to use in routing.

DO NOT FORGET to click Apply after entering the street and city name.

Road type

For every segment in the WME, you can choose the type of road. Road types are important for the display and routing, and may differ from the actual road type. In general:

  • The main roads in a district or town should at least be set to primary.
  • If segments will be used for through-going traffic or for longer distances connecting districts or towns, they should at least be mH (minor Highway)
  • Main interconnecting roads with fast traffic should at least be MH (major Highway)

Always try to connect a road to a same level of road type or higher. Thus, Waze should be able to route from primary to primary (or higher), from minor to minor (or higher), from major to major (or higher), and from Freeway to Freeway. Another way of explaining this, is that you should be able to continuously drive on the same or higher type of segments for the routing engine to use that road type in the calculations.

This means we sometimes need to make small roads mH, for the possibility of calculating long distance routing. If anything is unclear, please ask your community for input.

For more information, see Road types in India.

Direction

Two-way, one-way or unknown. Always choose 1 of these 3 options, never leave it blank.

Speed limit

Here you can enter the speed limit for each direction. Make sure you are entering in metric units (kilometers) and NOT in imperial units (miles). If you do not know the speed limits, leave it blank. The general guidelines for speed limits are on the Roads page.

Elevation

This is for the elevation of the road if roads overlap without crossing. For example a bridge, flyover or overpass.

Lock

Roads can be locked to prevent breaks in the routing. Depending on the condition of the map and the road type, often the roads are locked to a specific locking standard.

You cannot edit roads locked at a higher level than your editing level. If you need to edit a road locked above your level, post an Unlock Request on the India Forum or ask at our communication platform Slack.

Adding Places

Hover over this DrawPlace.jpgbutton to show Place categories. Choose one and click on the map to add it. This will add a point place. Use the left pane to change it to an area and to add other information about the place. For an area place, use geometry nodes of the place to change its shape.

Only actual "Places" or Points of Interests (POIs) should be mapped, i.e. those which help the driver to find their way. See the extended guidelines on Places for more information.

Petrol Pumps and Parking Lots

Special Places are Petrol Pumps (in Waze called "Gas stations") and Parking Lots. Waze saves a lot of data with these Places and they need to be handled with care. Always draw them as areas. For more information, see the section about it on the Places page.

Problem reports (URs & MPs)

URs (Request pin open-high.png Update Requests; map problems reported by waze users) and MPs (Problem pin open-high.png automatically generated Map Problem reports) show where the map needs work. We must solve them to fix the map. URs also give us a way to contact our fellow wazers, who may become interested in editing. It is important to handle them with care and attention. Please read the Indian guidelines on URs and MPs.

Permalinks

A permalink is a URL used to take you or someone else directly to a specific location on the map. It contains all information necessary to discuss that location, like latitude, longitude, zoom level, visible layers, and optionally a junction or a place, or one or more segments.

To create a permalink, zoom and pan the map to show what you want to show. Next, hover the mouse over the Wme permalink icon.jpg permalink icon on the right side of the bottom bar until a message pops up. Then use Ctrl+C to copy the permalink. You can paste this link anywhere you need it.

To include a single place, junction, or segment in the permalink, click on it before using the permalink icon. To include several segments and/or objects, use ctrl+click (for MAC: Command+click). Make sure all segments in your selection are visible in the screen when making the permalink.

Take the next step

This page is only intended as a Quick-start and is not intended to answer all of your questions. If you only intend to add a few street names, or allow a turn, then this is aimed at you. Before you start any serious editing please also read all the Indian mapping guidelines.

Helpfull tips and often encountered problems when starting editing are described in the page to Improve your skills (page under construction)

And don't forget to join your fellow Wazers in your community, who will be happy to meet you!

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Happy Wazing!