Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Google Map Maker: Unleash your inner cartographer

Good move of bringing in the community and UGC elements into Maps to broaden map data also generate hyper local content. Key issue would be moderation and validation of this content

Google Map Maker: Unleash your inner cartographer

Google on Monday unveiled a new Web-based tool, Map Maker, that lets people add roads, lakes, businesses, and other features to unmapped regions of Google Maps.

Google Map Maker lets people add details to maps in some countries.

Google Map Maker lets people add details to maps in some countries.

With the tool, people can using tracing tools to build maps in Cyprus, Iceland, Pakistan, and Vietnam, according to the Google LatLong blog. Also open for cartographic contributions are several Caribbean nations: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.

It's great that this kind of activity can be crowd-sourced the community can contribute to a project that reduces the amount of digitally uncharted terrain. Google has given us a way to help make a difference that, while small, could collectively become quite large.

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