Standard naming conventions
Name the place as it's known in the real world. The correct name ensures that the place is easily searchable and is labeled appropriately on the map.
You can also specify the Type and Language of the name to add detail and to ensure it's displayed appropriately on the map.
Non-commercial features, such as local parks, ponds, etc., may not have specific names and can be left unnamed. For commercial and business features, however, providing the correct name is mandatory.
Note: Before adding a name, please ensure that it is not a repeated entry..
Standard naming conventions
Capitalization: The first letter of each word should be capitalized according to the customs of the language the name is added in. In case there is a website for the feature, its best to add names the way they’re reflected on the website.
MCDONALD'S (English, Inappropriate)
mcdonalds (English, Inappropriate)
McDonald's (English, Correct)
Maulin De La Galette (French, Inappropriate)
Maulin de la Galette (French, Correct)
Avoid personal or private names except for businesses named after individuals. Also, don't add any description or contact information in the name field as it may be considered irrelevant and spammy.
Daisy’s Coffee day, 000-111-1234 (Inappropriate)
Sam’s House (Inappropriate)
Cafe Coffee Day (Correct)
Don't use special characters (like i.e. #@%^$*) unless they're included in the official name. This also applies to unusual punctuation or non-standard capitalization.
Irrelevant/Stuffing/Excessive Descriptors Information: Irrelevant keywords, addresses, or excessive descriptors should not appear in the name. Phone numbers or URLs should only appear in the name section if they are a part of business name itself. Store numbers should not be included in the name.
If the business is located within a mall and you want to specify the mall name in the business name, you can include it in the type Obscure. Example, “Starbucks Safeway” (English, Obscure).
Stanford Court Hotel - Luxury (Inappropriate)
Stanford Court Hotel (Correct)
Biggby Coffee Store 859 (Inappropriate)
Biggby Coffee (Correct)
Starbucks 102 Pike street (Inappropriate)
Subway Best (Inappropriate)
Incorrect spelling: Refrain from adding ‘incorrect spelling.’ In case of copyright, add names the way it’s reflected on the website.
Fred Mayer (Inappropriate)
Fred Meyer (Correct)
Abbreviated Names: Common abbreviated names can be added as ‘Abbreviated’ name type.
United States Naval Academy (Primary)
Naming of Parking Lots: Provide a name only when a parking lot is referred to by a specific name. If you are unsure, please leave it unnamed.
If a parking lot belongs to a certain listing/business, but is located outside its boundary, you can name the parking lot using the name of the business. However, if the parking lot is within the boundary of the business, you may leave it as unnamed.
If the place is known by more than one name, you may enter all of the names. Just clickAdd more names.
Any additional names that you include are also searchable on Maps. To delete a name, click .
Avoid generic names wherever possible. They should only be used if they’re necessary to identify the shape.
Example: If there are more than one tennis courts in a sports club, name each court as Tennis Court # 1, Tennis Court # 2 and so on. If, however, if there is a single tennis court without an official name, keep it unnamed with the category Tennis Court.
Type of names
You can specify different types of names. Select the correct type to ensure that the most appropriate name is displayed on Maps.
Primary: the most commonly recognized name for a feature. Example, "Tripoli" is the "English, Primary" name and " طرابلس " is the "Arabic, Primary" name.
There can be at most one Primary name per language.
When the feature has multiple names in the same or diferrent languages, the best name of the feature should be marked with the Primary name type.
Official: Indicates the formal name or name officially recognized by the government. For example, “Woolworths” is the “English, Primary” name and “Woolworths Supermarkets” is the “English, Official” name. Only one name per language should be marked official on a feature.
Use this type for names that are official in a region but are not primary.
This is usually applied for secondary names for a feature (with multiple names).
Obscure: Indicates an uncommonly used name, such as an historic name or an alternative spelling that may be useful for search purposes. Unofficial, translated and transliterated names can also be marked as Obscure.
The obscure name flag shouldn't be used on the same name as a Primary or Official name.
For example: "Al Khartum" may be an alternative spelling or "English, Obscure" name for "Khartoum."
Abbreviated: An abbreviated name is also useful for search or postal codes. For example: "PK" is an abbreviation of "Pakistan."
Local: this is an optional type that can be used to identify the name of the feature in the local/facilitated language and/or the language used by the Maps users, for the region the feature is located in. When adding Local to a name marked Primary, make sure that all names in the same language are also marked Local.
Select the right language
Choose the language in which the name (script) of the feature has been entered.
For example : "Tripoli" is the "English, Primary" name and " طرابلس " is the "Arabic, Primary" name.
You can establish the default language for entering data in the Settings menu. We encourage mappers to add names in multiple official languages (wherever applicable) because this adds value to the map information and helps display the correct name according to individual browser settings.
For example: if you enter the name of the feature in French and set the language appropriately, the name will be displayed in French to people who have their default browser language set to French. This is useful when features have multiple names that are entered in different languages.
Museo del tessuto (lang:it) and Textile Museum (lang:en) (Correct)
Museo del tessuto (lang:it) and Museo del Tessuto (lang:en) (Inappropriate)
Name change for a business
If a business has changed its name completely, do not edit the name to correct it. Instead:
Create a new listing with the correct name and details.
Close the existing listing (the one with the old name).
If the name is partially incorrect, you can edit the name and correct it. Examples :
A feature can have names in multiple languages.
Please ensure that there is only one primary name per language.
When you're adding more than one name to a feature, make sure to have onePrimary name per language.
Before adding a name, please ensure that it is not a repeated entry.
Do not add any personal information in the name field.
While adding names in different languages, do not translate names. Instead, use the transliterated version.
Choose an appropriate category for your feature to ensure that the place is displayed with an appropriate icon and color code in the Map view (as seen in the screenshot below). The category explains the type of feature that you're mapping, such as a restaurant, shoe store, church or bank.
Categories are divided into two parts: Primary and Other.
There are over 2000 + Primary Categories to choose from in Map Maker.
Click the Add a Place icon
Type in the name of the appropriate category and Map Maker will display relevant options for you to choose from. You can also select a category by scrolling through the list of available categories.
If the category that you wish to select is missing, choose the most relevant category from the list and add appropriate Other categories.
Other categories :
You can select Other Categories that are relevant to the feature from the drop-down menu. Other categories help generate high-quality search results.
To add multiple Other categories, click Add Category after each entry.
Category - Restaurant
Other Category - Mexican Restaurant,Chinese Restaurant
There are over 2000 + primary categories to choose from in Map Maker
Generic vs Specific Category
Always try to choose the appropriate category from the drop-down. If the specific category is unavailable, you can then select a generic (essentially correct) category.
For example, when adding chinese restaurants, choose the Chinese Restaurant category. However, for a Mexican restaurant, you can select the genericRestaurant category as Primary Category and add Mexican Restaurant underOther Categories since the primary category (Mexican restaurant) is unavailable.
Never change the category from the best possible category to a generic or less specific one.
Example: For a restaurant that serves only chinese cuisine, the category ‘Chinese Restaurant’ is better suited. Changing the category to a generic ‘Restaurant’ lessens the details.
If you’ve added an inappropriate category for the feature, it may not be interchanged with the correct category once you’ve submitted your edit.
If your chosen category is inappropriate and:
Interchangeable, you can edit the feature and change the category under the My Edits tab.
Non-interchangeable, you can undo your edit from the My Edits tab and resubmit choosing the appropriate category.
Select an accuracy level for a feature based on how certain you are of its location. Setting a feature's accuracy determines the quality of the data added on maps.
Accurate: Select this if you are certain that the feature is placed at the correct location, and that the shape of the polygon is accurately drawn as per the satellite imagery.
Approximate: Select this for features that are located in areas with poor satellite imagery.
If you are uncertain of the feature’s accuracy, leave it blank.
If you select the option as Approximate, features are displayed as round markers instead of balloon markers in search results.
A feature’s popularity is defined by how well-known the feature is. Popularity affects how prominently the feature is displayed on maps.
Example: McDonalds Corporation is known worldwide, but a specific McDonalds restaurant is only locally known.
Normal: The default popularity for all features.
Street-wide: For features that are known mostly to the people living on the same street. Examples: Florists, Home related Business, etc.
Neighborhood/Locality-wide: For features that are popular in a locality/neighborhood, such as popular hangouts, local landmarks, etc. Examples: Coffee shops, local businesses, etc.
City-wide: For features that are popular in the whole city. Examples: Courthouse, Museums, etc.
District-wide/State-wide: For features that are popular throughout the district or state. Examples: Universities, Amusement Park, etc.
Country-wide: For places that are popular throughout the country. Examples: National Parks, etc.
World-wide: For features that are known worldwide. Examples: Statue of Liberty,Taj Mahal, etc.
If you are uncertain of the feature’s popularity, set it to Normal.
Enter the hours of operation. The Working hours field is available for all business listings. To specify the working hours, select the appropriate days in the drop-down menu and enter the hours of operation.
Payment types enable you to specify the payment types methods accepted at the business listing that you’ve added.
For commercial features, choose the appropriate/accepted payment types from the list available. You can add multiple payment methods by typing each payment type into the list. Separated by commas (for example: Cash, Visa, MasterCard).
If the accepted payment method is not mentioned in the drop-down menu, you may type it into the payment field directly.
Add details about the address of a listing or feature on Map Maker.
Different parts of Address
Use this attribute to enter the parts of the address that are not captured in the fields provided, such as the suite number, block name, building name, phase, shop number, or stage number.
Suite number can be added to the address line field using this format: #suite number, street number (example: #16, 10)
Enter the plot number or door number associated with the location.
Select the street name from the given options in the drop-down menu. If the place is close to multiple streets, the names of those streets will appear as options.
If the street names are incorrect, or if no street names appear at all, you can either edit the road or draw a new road.
A sub-locality is a relatively small section of a city, such as a neighborhood, housing colony, or development that has its own official or a local name. This information is auto-populated, but you can edit it by selecting a new locality from the dropdown menu.
A locality is a fairly large portion of a city that has an official name. Examples of localities consist of several housing colonies or developments. This information is auto-populated, but you can edit it by selecting a new locality from the dropdown menu.
The city is auto-populated based on where this feature is located and shown on Google Maps. If you do not see the city name filled in, you can add a new city or edit an existing city.
Districts/Counties (known also as parishes and other names in some regions) may include multiple cities and possibly unincorporated areas. You can either add a new district or county or edit an existing one. For some regions in the world, creating this attribute may not be allowed.
The state is the first level of division within a country. States may also be known as provinces, regions, or governorates. Note that for some regions in the world, creating or editing the state may not be allowed.
Enter the postal/zip code of the location where the feature exists.
Description and comments
In Map Maker, you can write a description for features, such as interesting or useful facts, to help people learn more about a place that they're looking for. Since these maps are for public use, be careful not to add personal information or opinions.
You can also use the built-in formatting tools to add content in rich text.
Don't add personal or irrelevant information in the description.
For business listings, please avoid adding information such as product costs in the Description field.
In cases where the feature does not have a website field, you may add it in the Description.
Menus without the prices can be added.
Sometimes edits on Map Maker require review before they get published, and will only go live when others approve them. The comments field allows you to include a message to reviewers, so they can better understand why the feature needs to be changed.
The Comments section consists of:
Reason for Editing Select one of the reasons below to allow reviewers to easily evaluate the changes and expedite the review process.
Adding Detail: Select this if you are adding missing attributes to an existing feature.
Correcting Poor data: Select this reason if you are updating or refining the existing data.
Fixing Spam data: Select this reason if you come across a feature with spam.
Other: The option 'Other' is selected by default. Select 'Other' if you don't find a specific reason in the drop-down menu and use the Comments to the Edit Reviewer field to provide additional information.
Comments to the Edit Reviewer
Leave additional details including relevant background information in your comments. This is especially useful if you select 'Other' in the Reason for editing field. You can also provide any updated information to help reviewers understand the reason for your edit. When leaving comments, be courteous to fellow Map Maker users and make sure comments don't contain any inappropriate content.
We encourage you to add as much contact information as possible to help 'Maps' users around the world access the feature you're adding or editing. Add official information to expedite the review process.
Phone/ Fax/ Mobile:
Choose Phone/Fax/Mobile from the drop down as per the order of priority. Add the official contact number of the feature, if any.
You may add the primary contact number for a main desk or information line. If there's a phone number that's specific to the particular place, add the direct line instead.
You can also add toll-free, front desk or reservation contact numbers.
Click Add a phone number to add multiple numbers in the order of priority. Example: +1 415 555-5555
Contact number formatting conventions may vary across countries. For example, in the United States, the convention is 1 (area code) extension.
If you aren't sure which format to use, follow the standard international access notation: +(country code)(area code)(fax/phone/mobile number).
Since these maps are for public use, don't add personal contact numbers.
Add the home page of the official website for your feature.
If the website has a subpage that is specific to the feature, use that link instead.
The website address is displayed in the information window on Maps.
You can also add official government websites for features like famous parks and landmarks.
Please refrain from entering third-party websites, under construction websites or websites with malicious content.
Add the official email address of the place, if any.
For commercial features, only add an email address that exists within the company domain (e.g., email@example.com).
Separate multiple email addresses with a comma (e.g., firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com).
Since these maps are for public use, please don't add personal email addresses.
How to associate a place
A place can either be inside a building(s) or can be an independent space covering building(s) and ground(s). You can associate the place with a building or create an outline of the place. To associate:
Let’s walk you through a few examples that will illustrate what’s the right selection:
Add a place
In the details section on the left, select the Building/Boundary attribute at the left hand panel
Choose the options which describes your place the best:
This place is entirely inside a building
This place occupies grounds and buildings
I don’t know - Select this option if you do not have any information about the establishment or you're not certain which option best describes it.
Choose the building(s) or draw an outline of the grounds:
Click Select a building and choose the appropriate building(s) from the map.
Click Draw Outline to mark the outline of the feature/grounds.
I can’t see the building:
The building(s) you’re associating the feature should be already mapped. If not, add the buildings separately and once your edits are published, associate them with your feature.
Learn more about guidelines to add a building.
Outline the building's baseline rather than its shape. The baseline, or foundation of the building, may not necessarily match the shape of the building in satellite imagery.
You can add multiple polygons inside another polygon. Example: you may have multiple polygons within universities, hospitals or a group of buildings on different blocks, shopping malls with parking lots, and airport buildings. In such cases, you can capture the entire area occupied by the feature with a Boundary (Parent Polygon) and mark individual buildings separately with Building Outline (Child Polygon).