Google Map Maker Expands to Italy, Vatican, Bulgaria
Google's Map Maker service lets people add valuable local details to Google Maps so they can be constantly improved.Google is again expanding its Map Maker program around the world by opening it for the first time to residents in Italy, Bulgaria, San Marino and even Vatican City so that more local color, flavor and details can be added to existing Google Maps. "Share the delights of Bulgaria's Black Sea Coast by adding all of your favorite destinations in the famed resort city of Golden Sands," wrote Nilesh Tathawadekar, a software engineer for Google Maps, in an Aug. 20 post on the Google Europe Blog. "Lend a hand by improving driving directions through the Italian Riviera, or trace the best hiking trails across San Marino's Apennine Mountains. Your updates will be reviewed, and once approved, will appear on Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile for people all over the world to see." The idea behind Google Map Maker is that the editing tool enables people around the world to contribute their local knowledge and expertise directly to Google Maps by submitting their information for inclusion in the maps. "By sharing information about the places you know best, you can ensure that the map accurately reflects the world around you," wrote Tathawadekar. Interested participants can join other mappers on the Google Map Maker community forum, explore the Help Center for tips and tricks, or watch mapping in real time through Google's Map Maker Pulse, he wrote. Google has been regularly adding to the countries where Map Maker is available for use. In April, Map Maker expanded to England for the first time.
Google Map Maker, which launched in 2008, rolled out in the United States in April 2011, allowing citizens to add cartographic details about locations and businesses around the country. The service is now available for more than 200 countries and regions, according to Google.