Google Map Maker – The Crowd Maps the World
Our world is changing at an incredible pace and since the Internet giant “Google” is also aware of the fact it is putting its trust in the Crowd to keep its “Google Maps” service up-to-date.
The service offered by “Google Maps” – in particular the “Google Street View” tool – has been highly controversial from the very start. Many people feel that it endangers their privacy and criticize the detailed collection and online disclosure of our living space. Nevertheless, many of us use the online maps regularly. With the help of “Google Maps” you can quickly calculate the fastest route to the movies or use “Google Earth” to check where to find the best parking spaces in a foreign city.
With “Google Maps”, “Google Navigation” and “Google Earth” we get cartographic views of large parts of the world and search for, save or rate places, calculate routes and more. However our environment is subject to continuous change: new high-rises built here, old buildings torn down there, streets rebuilt and new trails discovered. How can the Internet giant keep its cartographic services up-to-date when things change at such a breathtaking pace? The Crowd can help.
With the new version of “Google Map Makers” the Google community can capture all the geographic changes in our world and secure the up-to-dateness of the map service. The new options available in “Google Map Makers” enable every registered Google user to draw in newly built buildings, enter up interesting or missing information or add new streets and paths. Users can also share popular locations, for example their favourite restaurant or trendy shops with the community or help wanderers find off-beaten paths.
The Google team checks all of the updates made available by the users for accuracy and as soon as they are verified they are made public in the current maps.
If you are interested in more information about the “Google Map Maker” take a look at the following information video. Or post your questions directly in the General Map Maker Forum “Map your World Community“