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Important - Your feedback is needed on new draft mapping standard

Post by LostInMyMaps
In 2020, Waze asked us to change the way we map, but the expectations have been unclear, hopefully, until now. These guidelines have been a long time coming, and I apologise to you all that it has taken so long. After a busy weekend, I would like to invite the Australian editing community to review some draft new guidelines for mapping in Australia found here and provide your valuable feedback:

https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... _standards

It covers topics including:
  • An introduction to snapper
  • Revised Waze editing philosophy
  • Mapping standards:
  • Road alignments and angles
  • Removing excess junction and geometry nodes
  • Dividing roads
  • Lane guidance (link only, more to come)
  • Road width (coming later)
  • Road shields (coming later)
  • Turn instructions
  • Junction boxes
  • A rethink around mapping intersections
  • A list of now banned map hacks.
I have done my best to present the ideas in a clear way, with the rationale where possible, and lots of images to make learning easy. The vast majority of this has come from what Waze has told us they want. Other components are solidifying things we have talked about in the community, and others points are adding onto your knowledgebase.

Do you hate reading long blocks of text? You’re not alone, but I’m guilty of writing a lot of it, sorry. I highly recommend this Read Aloud: A text to speech voice reader plugin for your Chrome browser. There are also versions for most major browsers out there. Simply select a block of text, right mouse click and hit Read Aloud.

We have also launched a refreshed Wazeopedia Australia home page that we hope you’ll love:

https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Australia/Main_Page

It is important we hear back from you with any feedback between now and 13 September 2021. Please discuss this page with your peers and leaders, and share your feedback with the community either in this forum post or on Discord. Of course, if you spot any typos or errors, please let me know and we'll quickly sort them out!

Many thanks in advance and I look forward to discussing these with you.
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Post by LostInMyMaps
Australia has always had a different policy when it comes to footpaths / walking trails / non-routable walking segments, however it has never been very clear.

A new draft explanation at https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Austra ... g_segments is now open to feedback on the mapping of footpaths in Australia.

It hopes to educate on useful mapping of footpaths in their unique circumstances and clearly community the message to avoid them in all other cases. Any and all feedback welcome.

Feedback closes on 13 September 2021.
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Post by LostInMyMaps
 
Thank you to everyone who took the time to read our new mapping standard drafts and for the feedback voiced. Feedback as been actioned and the new mapping standards are now "official" in Australia.

Long blocks of text aren't fun. Use a browser plugin like Read Aloud https://chrome.google.com/webstore/deta ... olgimiaplp to make absorbing the material easier.

What mapping standards? What changes?

In case you've been busy with real life, our wiki home page has been reworked, including Australia's expectations:

https://wazeopedia.waze.com/wiki/Australia/Main_Page

We've released these new official mapping standards, including the Waze Editing Philosophy:

New technology, new mapping standards
- Road alignment and angles
- Removing excess nodes
- Dividing roads
- Turn instructions
- Junction boxes
- Mapping intersections
- Banned map edits
Update Requests (URs) - Old page redirected here.
Footpaths / Walking segments

Other new pages that aren't mapping standards:

The Waze Community
Editing levels and roles
Request a text-to-speech (TTS) change
Mapping videos
Scripts - Updated, thanks age4670 for helping.
 
 
LostInMyMaps
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