Map Editing (obsolete)

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Editing Manual

Basics on Map Editing (Needs updating)

Waze base maps come from the U.S. Census Bureau's Tiger Data [1]. Tiger Data provides somewhat accurate names and locations for roads, but it does not include road directions, distinctions between railroads, pedestrian alleys, canals, and roads, or any navigation data whatsoever.

While simply driving the roads edits them, we need an editor that allows for more detailed features to be defined. That editor is Cartouche. Cartouche is a map editor used by the end user to fine tune the base map. It contains four main panels to aid the user: Layers, Map Control, View, and Edit.

Accessing Cartouche

  • Log in to your account.
  • Select "Live Map" in the main navigation header.
  • Select "Update Map" located just above the map viewer.
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Your screen should look something like this. Each panel can be moved around by clicking and dragging on an empty part of the panel.

Navigating the map

  • Move around the map by clicking and dragging on an empty space in the viewer.
  • There are four ways to zoom in cartouche:
    • The buttons on the zoom controller in the upper-left corner of the map viewer will zoom in and out, and the vertical bar allows for immediate zooming to a specific level.
    • Double-clicking any point on the map will zoom in and center the map on that point.
    • Scrolling up with your mouse wheel will zoom in on a certain point, and scrolling down will zoom out, keeping the mouse pointer's location in the same location."
    • Holding the Shift key will allow you to click and drag a box; the map will then zoom in onto the selected area.

Permalink

A permalink allows you to send url or a link to the exact view of the map you currently are viewing. This is a great way to show others a specific area of a map. For example when editing roads and need assistance on the forums you can share a permalink to that region.

On Waze, the permalink is called "SuperPermalink".

To get the SuperPermalink:

  • In the bottom right of map viewer press the button "SuperPermalink"
  • The page will refresh
  • The permalink can be copied out of the address/url bar at the top of your browser.
  • Share the URL! Done.

Selecting Multiple Roads

Some edits require that you select two or more segments of road.

  • Mac: Command + Click
  • Windows: Ctrl + Click
  • Linux: Window-Key + Click

Keyboard Shortcuts

  • G - edit the selected road/node/landmark geometry
  • E - edit the selected road/node/landmark details
  • C - connect the two selected roads
  • S - select 9 closest segments which belong to the same street
  • D - delete selected node from road geometry (only while editing road geometry)
  • Delete - delete the selected feature(s) (fn+delete on some Macintosh keyboards)
  • Insert - create a new road
  • Esc - deselect all features
  • Y - yes in confirmation windows
  • N - no in confirmation windows

Google aerial images cannot be used

Google's terms of use means that Waze cannot use their aerial images.

Those terms of use also apply to you. You cannot use Google's aerial images to edit Waze's maps. In some jurisdictions you may be able to use them as a reference (like looking at a map in a mapbook), but not as an overlay as with the Greasemonkey script Googze.

If you were to do such a thing, it would taint all the work you did and Waze would need to reverse out all your edits. There could be other adverse effects. Waze has already had to remove all the maps for Chile, and other South American countries because the source of the map data was not properly licensed (not Waze's fault).

So do not use Googze as a way of applying Google's aerial images as a replacement for Waze's licensed images when doing map editing.

You may negotiate with officials in your country for access to aerial images that Waze can use. Just be careful not to give the impression that you are acting on behalf of Waze. But as an interested citizen you can speak with local authority, in a local language, to explain the benefits to your country in making aerial images freely available as a public good.