3.6.1. Rules for drawing locations (organizations)

There are more than 30 types of location items you can plot on the map (for more information see section 3.6.2. Rules for adding attributes to locations (organizations)).

Follow these rules when drawing locations:

Make sure that any item you are mapping is not among those that are forbidden to display on the map.
Techniques for drawing and editing locations are similar to the techniques for drawing and editing all places on YME. See the following sections:

Placemarks for organizations should be placed inside the building polygon with consideration of the following:

  • Their actual location: approximately in the center of the space occupied by the organization

  • Presence of a separate entrance: if the organization has a separate entrance, you can place the point closer to it (not on the outline of the polygon, but rather inside it)

  • Location of other organizations' placemarks and address points: avoid overlapping items and place the address point (if applicable) in the center of the footprint, even if the whole building belongs to one organization.

There should be one item (location) for each organization.

Draw existing (functioning) organizations. Only draw closed organizations in cases where they help navigate the area.

For organizations of these types:

  • Church
  • Cathedral
  • Mosque
  • Synagogue
  • Pagoda
  • Overlook
  • Theater
  • Circus
  • Cinema
  • Concert Hall
  • Symphony hall
  • Museum
  • Cultural center
  • Stadiums
  • Racetracks
  • Skiing complexes

Organizations located on the territories of abandoned settlements. The type of organization doesn't change even after it is closed for business. For other organizations, the type changes to “attraction” after it closes down.

If it's already public knowledge that a particular item in the “Location” category will be built, then you can draw this item when it is under construction, but you can only enter the name if you have an official document attesting to the building's name.

If an organization that closed down occupied the whole territory of a building that is not in use at the moment, then you should assign the building the Abandoned value for the Condition attribute (see point 4.2.2. Condition).

You can draw temporary “Locations” (dolphinariums, circuses, etc.) on the map if they will operate in that location for at least two months.


You can also draw “Location” items (such as electoral districts) on the map if they are permanently located in one place but only operate for part of the year. You should not delete these items from the map during the times when they aren't in operation.

Draw monuments at the entrances to cities, city districts, regions, etc. as “monument, sculpture” type items.

It is forbidden to draw information boards, road signs, and other signage that relate to road laws and are used to regulate traffic as items of the “monument, sculpture” type.

Placemarks for organizations that are located in underground crossings should be placed on their actual location. You can add text stating that the item is “located in an underground crossing” using the “Location in building” attribute.

If an organization moved to a new address, then you should create a new map item of the “Locations” category.

You should not move the old item to the new address; leave a deletion request for it.

You can only create Culture and recreation →Attractions items that are event memorials in the most well-known locations (and only if there is no memorial or plaque dedicated to that event listed under the Culture and recreation → Monument, sculpture type):

  • Historical events that happened more than 40 years ago (for example, the Place where Yuri Gagarin landed).

  • Significant natural and man-made events/disasters (for example, the Location of the Tunguska Meteorite, Location the Titanic Ruins)

  • Battles (for example, the Location of the Battle at Kulikovo)

  • The location where prominent people were executed or died (for example, the Location of Lermontov's Duel).


One of the criteria of fame might be if the number of relevant queries exceeds 100 based on https://wordstat.yandex.ru data.

Places that figure in the lives of cultural or historical figures and are marked with monuments, memorial signs or plaques should be drawn as Culture and recreation → Monument, sculpture items.