1.2. Recommended mapping order

This section contains information about what items to map and what the recommended order is (“Cartographer's checklist”).

The mapping process includes:

  1. Selecting an item for mapping; any buildings, territories, roads and other lines, points, etc. are considered map items. When you choose an item, keep in mind that there are items which can not be drawn on the map (for more information, see section 3.1.4. Forbidden locations).
  2. Drawing your map item.
  3. Adding map item attributes: assigning values to the map item's attributes (i.e. its characteristics) during the mapping process. For example, the type of roadway, name of a locality, or height of a building.

  4. Saving your map item.

Below you'll find an approximate list of what items should be drawn on Yandex Map Editor (and in what order) within the borders of a locality.

For your convenience, the “checklist” is divided into three parts:

1.2.1. Preliminary drawing

Preliminary drawing — the main items are drawn on the map:

  1. Borders of localities.

    Borders must be drawn as accurately as possible:

    For more information, see section 3.2. Administrative divisions.

  2. Road networks.

    Roadways. It's best to draw them in order according to their significance (i.e. starting with expressways and going all the way down to driveways within courtyards).

    When drawing roads, you must pay attention to how the road network is connected: roads of lesser and greater significance should connect together to form a united network:

    For more information, see section 3.3. Roads.

  3. Railways.

    Main railway lines:

    For more information, see section 3.12. Transport: railways.

  4. Multistory building.

    Residential, public, industrial buildings:

    For more information, see section 3.4. Buildings.

  5. Low-rise buildings:

    For more information, see section 3.4. Buildings.

  6. Hydrography: linear and polygonal items.

    Waterways, from major rivers to streams, channels, and reservoirs. You must draw coastlines in as much detail as possible; try not to round them off:

    For more information, see section 3.10. Hydrography

  7. Large areas of vegetation.

    Parks, squares, forests, woodlands.

    If there are map items within the area of vegetation that fall into different categories, then they are not drawn as internal polygons (see 2.7.2. Rules for using internal polygons), but rather as independent polygons (like a lake within a forest):

    For more information, see section 3.9. Vegetation.

1.2.2. Detailed drawing

Detailed drawing — items are drawn on the map that are not included in the list of main features, but nonetheless can and should be drawn in to make the map more thorough.

  1. Tram rails and secondary railways:

  2. Transport.

    Railway stations, ports, airports (both the buildings themselves and the related territory):

    For more information, see sections:

  3. Public transport stops.

    Draw stops on different sides of the road as separate items:

    For more information, see section 3.14. Transport: ground.

  4. Organizations within buildings.

    Draw organizations within buildings as places classified under the “Locations” category.

    It's best to put the placemark either at the entrance to the organization (if there is a separate one), or at the organization's approximate location (such as if a store is located within a shopping mall).

    In either case, the placemark should be inside the building outline:

    For more information, see 3.6. Locations

  5. Small commercial and industrial facilities and structures (sheds, transformer substations, boiler houses, etc.).

    When you draw or add attributes to these type of structures, make sure you follow the restrictions for technical characteristics of map items (see section 3.1.4. Forbidden locations).

  6. Garages.

    Draw as “Structure, building site” map items classified under the “Buildings” category.

    For more information, see section 3.4.2. Rules for adding attributes to buildings.

    Territories of garages (see section 3.7. Territories) are only designated using an “Industrial zone” polygon when the item is a named garage-construction co-op or a large garage area that may or may not be named.

    In other cases, garage territories are not marked. Don't draw free-standing garages (such as individual “shells”).

  7. Parking.

    Draw as “Parking” map items classified under the “Road infrastructure” category.

    For more information, see section 3.8.2. Parking. Rules for drawing and adding attributes.

  8. Pedestrian paths and crosswalks, bike paths.

    Draw bike paths, pedestrian paths, bridges, stairs, and crossings.

    For more information, see section 3.3.1.6. Drawing rules for sidewalks, pedestrian paths, and bike paths.

  9. Lawns and small areas of vegetation.

    Draw sections of vegetation using polygons:

    For more information, see section 3.9. Vegetation.

  10. Small hydrographic items.

    Draw fountains, springs, wells, geysers as “Hydrography point” items classified under the “Hydrography” category.

    For more information, see section 3.10. Hydrography.

  11. Borders of city areas: borders of administrative areas, subdistricts, blocks.

    For more information, see section 3.2. Administrative divisions.

  12. Road infrastructure: road structures including squares, bridges (including pedestrian ones), underground and aboveground pedestrian crosswalks and tunnels. Road infrastructure also includes parking, video cameras and traffic lights. Draw as map items classified under the “Road infrastructure” category.

    For more information, see section 3.8. Road infrastructure.

  13. Territories: territories and blocks that include buildings and structures and their complexes, which are designated according to their use. This applies, for example, to the territories of educational institutions (academic buildings, dormitories, etc.), beaches, and so on.

    Industrial zones can cover large territories that are completely occupied by industrial buildings, or cover the territories of individual enterprises.

    For more information, see section 3.7. Territories.

  14. Attractions (monuments, viewpoints) and items related to courtyard infrastructure (playgrounds, dog parks, dumpsters, etc.) are places classified under the “Locations” category.

    For more information, see 3.6. Locations.

  15. Territories of organizations.

    Draw the territories of hospitals, schools, and sports complexes using individual polygons and label them as independent map items.

    For more information, see section 3.7. Territories.

1.2.3. Updating

Updating occurs when map items that have changed are re-drawn or their attributes are adjusted. This relates to the following:

  1. Map items related to road networks or infrastructure that are under construction or were recently built: roads, interchanges, bridges, tunnels, underground and aboveground crosswalks.

    See sections 3.3. Roads, 3.8. Road infrastructure.

  2. New buildings: buildings that are already commissioned or under construction.

    Section 3.4. Buildings.

  3. Demolished or destroyed buildings and structures.

    If there is a building on the satellite image, but it no longer exists in reality, set the value of the “Condition” attribute as “Demolished”.

    Section 3.4. Buildings.

  4. Organizations that have changed: new buildings opened, existing ones changed, the business moved to a new location (for stores, malls, cinemas, pharmacies, etc.).

    Section 3.6. Locations

  5. Transport networks that have changed: new routes or transport stops were added or stops were removed from a route.

    See sections:

  6. Streets that were re-named (which also affects home addresses and other names).

    See sections:

  7. Administrative division borders change. For example, if new territories are added to a city, part of a city's territory splits off, district borders change, etc.

    Section 3.2. Administrative divisions.