Google Map Maker

Slightly confusing title perhaps, but it seems Google is going the OpenStreetMap route with their new Google Map Maker service. This lets users add and/or edit features (points, lines and areas) for Google Maps.

Currently, the only areas supported are the ones that are sparsely covered by Google Maps in the first place, a number of Caribbean islands, Iceland, Pakistan, Cyprus, Vietnam. Edits and additions are moderated and of course you’re signing away all your rights to the edits you made to Google 🙂

It reminds me a bit of Wikimapia, or the “community” layer in Google Earth. You’d be amazed at what you can find in there!


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