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Waze landmarks serve to orient drivers and to establish app-searchable points-of-interest (POI) for situations where the primary POI search engines may not find the desired location. Despite these helpful attributes, landmarks are easily overused, leading to map clutter and POI redundancy. Waze offers a plethora of landmark types, but most of these do not really help drivers and are typically avoided.
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{{Obsoleted|Landmarks are now [[Places#Area Place|area places]].}}
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Waze landmarks serve to orient drivers and to establish app-searchable points-of-interest (POI) for situations where the primary POI search engines may not find the desired location. Despite these helpful attributes, landmarks are easily overused. Unnecessary landmarks clutter maps and stymie drivers with redundant, incomplete, and sometimes contradictory POI results. Waze offers a plethora of landmark types as a byproduct of the original base-map import, but most of these hinder rather than help Waze users and are best avoided.
  
In general, '''if a location is not extensive or significant enough to orient drivers, and is already searchable using the primary POI search engines, it should not be landmarked in Waze.''' Three common exceptions are gas stations, which receive special handling; government or transit-oriented destinations for the general public, such as parks and airports; and school or university campuses, whether public or private.
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In general, '''if a location is not distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, and is already searchable using the primary POI search engines, it should not be landmarked in Waze.''' Three common exceptions are gas stations, which receive special handling; government or transit-oriented destinations for the general public, such as parks and airports; and school or university campuses, whether public or private.
  
The Waze editing community in the US has not reached firm consensus regarding the landmarking of private or commercial property.  On the one hand, Waze's business model includes on-map advertising, and free landmarking of competitors may discourage advertisers.  On the other hand, landmarking large private country clubs, golf courses and retreat centers with extensive, highly-visible grounds may help orient drivers. Regardless, the twin criteria of either '''orienting drivers''' or '''not otherwise findable with a primary POI search engine''' apply to landmarking private as well as public locations.
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The Waze editing community in the US has agreed that, aside from gas stations, '''ordinary businesses are never to be landmarked.''' However consensus is less firm regarding landmarking of large private country clubs, golf courses and retreat centers with extensive, groomed and conspicuous open space. Such facilities, though private, may be sufficiently distinctive and significant in a given area that to leave them unmapped would be a disservice to Waze users. Regardless, the criteria of either '''orienting drivers''' or '''not otherwise findable with a primary POI search engine''' apply to landmarking private as well as public locations.
  
Below is the list of Landmark Types provided by WME. '''This list is to facilitate a discussion in the forums about what Landmarks should and should not be included in the map''' The discussion is located at [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005 https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005] Eventually we hope for this to become the guide for which landmarks get mapped & how they get mapped.
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Below is the list of Landmark Types provided by WME. '''This list is to facilitate a discussion in the forums about what Landmarks should and should not be included in the map''' The discussion is located at [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005 http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005] Eventually we hope for this to become the guide for which landmarks get mapped & how they get mapped.
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* [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=129&t=23352 Landmark - Best Practices US ]
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* [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=129&t=38934 USA Landmark Guidelines - Request for Comments]
  
 
== Minimum landmark size ==
 
== Minimum landmark size ==
{{Minimum landmark size}}
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{{:Landmarks/Minimum landmark size}}
  
 
== Transportation ==
 
== Transportation ==
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=== Gas Station ===
 
=== Gas Station ===
=== Toll booth ===
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<!-- include a wikilink to [[toll road]] when adding the landmark info here. -->
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=== Toll booth === <!-- include a wikilink to [[toll road]] when adding the landmark info here. -->
  
 
=== Terminal ===
 
=== Terminal ===
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=== Airport ===
 
=== Airport ===
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=== Train station ===
 
=== Train station ===
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=== Bus Station / Bus Terminal ===
 
=== Bus Station / Bus Terminal ===
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=== Sea Port ===
 
=== Sea Port ===
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=== Parking Lot ===
 
=== Parking Lot ===
There are parking lots everywhere and it is tempting to landmark them all, but in truth few lots deserve to be landmarked.  Landmark-worthy parking must be something of a destination in itself, either having a well-known and marked name, or serving multiple unrelated POIs.
 
  
In nearly all cases, parking associated with a larger landmark, such as a shopping mall or train station, '''should not be landmarked separately''' using the Parking Lot type. It is sufficient simply to include such parking within the boundaries of the larger landmark.   In the rare case of named parking that drivers might wish explicitly to seek, such "double landmarking" of parking within a larger landmark may be acceptable, for example a cell-phone parking landmark within the boundaries of an airport landmark.
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:''The US guidance on the Parking Lot landmark has been rewritten as global guidance on the [[Places/Parking lot|Parking Lot Area Place]]. The new guidance incorporates all critical elements of the original text and adds much necessary detail. To prevent confusion the original text has been removed from this page.''
  
Defining the boundaries of Parking Lot landmarks requires care.  Like the Gas Station landmark, Parking Lots suppress Waze's automated detection of traffic jams and missing roads; thus '''the Parking Lot landmark should NEVER be drawn over or attached/snapped to roads bearing through traffic.'''
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=== Junction/Interchange ===
  
While Waze provides a Garage landmark type, the Parking Lot landmark should be used, when appropriate, for parking structures and garages both above and below ground as well as for ordinary lots at ground level.
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=== Bridge ===
  
The Parking Lot landmark is '''always appropriate for''':
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=== Tunnel ===
* Generic Park & Ride and similar municipal commuter parking not otherwise landmarked with a transit-center type.  Always name these "Park & Ride", or whatever generic designation is used locally, to facilitate searches.  Mapped at the fence line.
 
* Municipal general-purpose or transit-oriented public parking that has a unique and marked identity, such as "City Lot #7", "Hourly Lot 3", "Domestic Garage", "Long-Term Parking", "South Lot", "Cell-Phone Parking", etc.  Map to the extent of the lot or structure and assign the given name.  If the lot is contained within a larger landmark, do not repeat that landmark's name; for example if the Domestic Garage is contained within the "SFO San Francisco International Airport" landmark boundaries, it can simply be labeled "Domestic Garage" not "SFO San Francisco International Airport Domestic Garage".
 
* Rental car return located on airport property, provided all on-airport vendors share the same car return area (to avoid having to label separate return areas by commercial vendor), named "Rental Car Return".
 
  
The Parking Lot landmark is '''NEVER appropriate for''':
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=== Subway station ===
* Parking for a single non-transit-oriented destination, such as a business, office, church, park, hospital, gym, school, museum, restaurant, campground, etc.
 
* Employee, resident, or guest parking
 
* Parking for attendees of events or services
 
* Parking associated with campuses, parklands, shopping malls, theme parks, private installations, and office parks or complexes of any size or purpose
 
* Generic unnamed/unidentified parking lots associated with an already-landmarked complex such as an Airport, Train station, or Bus Station/Bus Terminal
 
  
A gray area exists between the "always appropriate" and "never appropriate" categories above.  Indeterminate situations include, for example:
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=== Ferry lane ===
* Unnamed municipal general-purpose public parking
 
* Privately-operated general-purpose or offsite transit-related public parking
 
* Public trailhead parking not within or associated with a well-defined park
 
At this time, landmarking indeterminate situations like these is not encouraged, but may be appropriate in some circumstances and handled on a case-by-case basis.
 
  
<!-- The parking lot landmark is currently being discussed in detail in [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=79199 this forum]. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion. -->
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:''See the article on [[Ferries]] for information on how to add a ferry route.''
  
=== Junction/Interchange ===
 
=== Bridge ===
 
=== Tunnel ===
 
=== Subway station ===
 
=== Ferry lane ===
 
 
=== Car Rental ===
 
=== Car Rental ===
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=== Garage ===
 
=== Garage ===
  
 
== Leisure ==
 
== Leisure ==
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=== Park ===
 
=== Park ===
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=== Museum / Visitor Center / Monument ===
 
=== Museum / Visitor Center / Monument ===
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=== Mall/Shopping Center ===
 
=== Mall/Shopping Center ===
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=== Convenience Store / Kiosk ===
 
=== Convenience Store / Kiosk ===
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=== Restaurant / Bar / Coffee Shop ===
 
=== Restaurant / Bar / Coffee Shop ===
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=== Stadium / Sports Facility ===
 
=== Stadium / Sports Facility ===
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=== Hotel / Motel / Guest Room ===
 
=== Hotel / Motel / Guest Room ===
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=== Club/Concert Hall ===
 
=== Club/Concert Hall ===
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=== Beach ===
 
=== Beach ===
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=== Camp site / RV Park ===
 
=== Camp site / RV Park ===
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=== Casino ===
 
=== Casino ===
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=== Marina ===
 
=== Marina ===
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=== Promenade / Boardwalk ===
 
=== Promenade / Boardwalk ===
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=== Store/stall ===
 
=== Store/stall ===
  
 
== Nature ==
 
== Nature ==
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=== Island ===
 
=== Island ===
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=== Sea/Lake/Levee ===
 
=== Sea/Lake/Levee ===
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=== River/Stream ===
 
=== River/Stream ===
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=== Forest/Grove ===
 
=== Forest/Grove ===
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=== Farmland ===
 
=== Farmland ===
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=== Gravel ===
 
=== Gravel ===
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=== Danger Zone ===
 
=== Danger Zone ===
  
 
== Public ==
 
== Public ==
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=== Religious Site ===
 
=== Religious Site ===
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=== Bank ===
 
=== Bank ===
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=== Office Building ===
 
=== Office Building ===
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=== Industry ===
 
=== Industry ===
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=== Public Building ===
 
=== Public Building ===
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=== Tourist Site / Attraction ===
 
=== Tourist Site / Attraction ===
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=== ATM ===
 
=== ATM ===
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=== Pharmacy ===
 
=== Pharmacy ===
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=== Supermarket/Market ===
 
=== Supermarket/Market ===
  
 
== Public Service ==
 
== Public Service ==
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=== Hospital/Clinic ===
 
=== Hospital/Clinic ===
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=== Correction Facility / Prison ===
 
=== Correction Facility / Prison ===
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=== Military Site ===
 
=== Military Site ===
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=== Government / Municipal Building ===
 
=== Government / Municipal Building ===
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=== Police Station ===
 
=== Police Station ===
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=== University / College / Academy ===
 
=== University / College / Academy ===
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=== School / Kindergarten / Junior High / High School ===
 
=== School / Kindergarten / Junior High / High School ===
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=== Cemetery ===
 
=== Cemetery ===
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=== Fire Department/Emergency Service ===
 
=== Fire Department/Emergency Service ===
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=== Post Office ===
 
=== Post Office ===
  
 
== Other ==
 
== Other ==
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=== Other ===
 
=== Other ===
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Latest revision as of 00:42, 2 May 2017

This information is obsolete and the active links to this page have been reviewed for disconnection or replacement. More current alternate information is likely available and should be followed rather than this information.
Landmarks are now area places.

Waze landmarks serve to orient drivers and to establish app-searchable points-of-interest (POI) for situations where the primary POI search engines may not find the desired location. Despite these helpful attributes, landmarks are easily overused. Unnecessary landmarks clutter maps and stymie drivers with redundant, incomplete, and sometimes contradictory POI results. Waze offers a plethora of landmark types as a byproduct of the original base-map import, but most of these hinder rather than help Waze users and are best avoided.

In general, if a location is not distinctive and significant enough to orient drivers, and is already searchable using the primary POI search engines, it should not be landmarked in Waze. Three common exceptions are gas stations, which receive special handling; government or transit-oriented destinations for the general public, such as parks and airports; and school or university campuses, whether public or private.

The Waze editing community in the US has agreed that, aside from gas stations, ordinary businesses are never to be landmarked. However consensus is less firm regarding landmarking of large private country clubs, golf courses and retreat centers with extensive, groomed and conspicuous open space. Such facilities, though private, may be sufficiently distinctive and significant in a given area that to leave them unmapped would be a disservice to Waze users. Regardless, the criteria of either orienting drivers or not otherwise findable with a primary POI search engine apply to landmarking private as well as public locations.

Below is the list of Landmark Types provided by WME. This list is to facilitate a discussion in the forums about what Landmarks should and should not be included in the map The discussion is located at http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=276&t=26005 Eventually we hope for this to become the guide for which landmarks get mapped & how they get mapped.

Minimum landmark size

The width of either X or Y must be over 50 m (160 feet)

When creating a landmark, it is important to understand the client application will not display the landmark unless it is greater than 50 m (160 feet) when measuring the maximum size of the X or Y dimension.

If one dimension is over 50 m (160 feet), there is no requirement for the other dimension. Also the area of the landmark has no impact on whether it will display on the client app.

Transportation

Gas Station

Toll booth

Terminal

Airport

Train station

Bus Station / Bus Terminal

Sea Port

Parking Lot

The US guidance on the Parking Lot landmark has been rewritten as global guidance on the Parking Lot Area Place. The new guidance incorporates all critical elements of the original text and adds much necessary detail. To prevent confusion the original text has been removed from this page.

Junction/Interchange

Bridge

Tunnel

Subway station

Ferry lane

See the article on Ferries for information on how to add a ferry route.

Car Rental

Garage

Leisure

Park

Museum / Visitor Center / Monument

Mall/Shopping Center

Convenience Store / Kiosk

Restaurant / Bar / Coffee Shop

Stadium / Sports Facility

Hotel / Motel / Guest Room

Club/Concert Hall

Beach

Camp site / RV Park

Casino

Marina

Promenade / Boardwalk

Store/stall

Nature

Island

Sea/Lake/Levee

River/Stream

Forest/Grove

Farmland

Gravel

Danger Zone

Public

Religious Site

Bank

Office Building

Industry

Public Building

Tourist Site / Attraction

ATM

Pharmacy

Supermarket/Market

Public Service

Hospital/Clinic

Correction Facility / Prison

Military Site

Government / Municipal Building

Police Station

University / College / Academy

School / Kindergarten / Junior High / High School

Cemetery

Fire Department/Emergency Service

Post Office

Other

Other