Venturebeat: On how Google is using its community to Map the unmarked world

Google is getting increasingly good at getting its community to do its work for them with Google Maps. Google is reaching out to some of the developing parts of the world which it doesn’t have the best data for yet and hopes locals (or those that know the area well) will fill in what is missing with its’ Google Map Maker.

The tool currently can only use it to fill in data for the following countries: Cyprus, Iceland, Pakistan, Vietnam as well as the Caribbean nations of: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Grenada, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.

In these area you can add roads, points of interest and regions. This data will then be relayed back to Google so it can place it on the actual Google Maps product.

There’s a pretty nifty before-and-after picture (below) to show you just how powerful such a tool can be in the hands of the community. Google basically had no data for Myanmar prior to the deadly cyclone hitting the area. With the help of the community and some engineers, now it has all the data you see below.

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One response to “Venturebeat: On how Google is using its community to Map the unmarked world

  1. John N

    Google could have chosen to work with OpenStreetMap, the Wikipedia of maps, but why didn’t they?

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