Travel Mapping

Tracking Cumulative Travels

Travel Mapping Manual: Create a new highway system

New highway systems are developed by our volunteer highway data managers who went through the procedure of getting a contributor. When they have reached the right level of experience, they can start developing further highway systems. The subsequent list describes the procedure on how to develop a new highway system. It is mandatory for new highway data managers to work through it step by step. It is recommended for highly experienced highway data managers.

🔗 Steps to introduce a new highway system

  1. Research about the highway system and discussion on the forum
  2. Check existing routes and add waypoints
  3. Develop routes in devel status
  4. Indicate the highway data sources on the site
  5. Promote highway system to preview
  6. Clear datacheck, broken concurrencies and NMP issues
  7. Request peer review
  8. Make changes based on peer review
  9. Clear datacheck, broken concurrencies and NMP issues again
  10. Activate the highway system
  11. Maintain the highway system

🔗 Research about the highway system and discussion on the forum

Before you can start the development of a new highway system, the following requirements must be fulfilled: Note that there are a few exceptions to the strict TM highway system requirements. Don't hestiate with opening a thread on the forum to ask whether the potential highway system is qualified for TM.

🔗 Check existing routes and add waypoints

The existing wpt files are stored on Github. They can be loaded into the Waypoint File Editor for modifications. The changed files must be submitted to Github with a pull request. Please refer to the development instructions for more info about how to deal with the files and tools.

🔗 Develop routes in devel status

We don't notify the promotion of a highway system to in-development on the updates page but on the forum thread only.
When promoting a system to devel, the system is processed for the first time. If any wpt or csv file has an incorrect format or reference, the site update will fail. Please run data verification to find the errors before submitting the files.

🔗 Indicate the highway data sources on the site

The sources for the system must be indicated visibly on the site under credits.php.

🔗 Promote highway system to preview

When the first draft of all routes is in the highway browser, you can promote the highway system to preview status. Especially when drafting a huge highway system, it is possible to split it into several sub-systems with partial preview promotion. Ask on the forum thread for more details.

🔗 Clear datacheck, broken concurrencies and NMP issues

A first complete check should be done when the system is in preview status, a second run must be done before the activation of the system. Errors from active systems should always be corrected or reported as false positives short-term.
Errors shown in red potentially effect travelers and should be fixed as soon as possible for active and preview systems.

🔗 Request peer review

🔗 Make changes based on peer review

Changes proposed on the forum thread should be processed short-term while the peer-review is still ongoing.

🔗 Activate the highway system

When the system is complete and there are no critical open issues, promote the highway system to active status.

🔗 Maintain the highway system