Google Map Maker Launched

Jun 25, 2008 • 9:16 am | comments (1) by twitter | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A Google Groups post by Google Maps Brian announces the launch of Google Maps Maker, which is a "service that allows you add or edit features, such as roads, businesses, parks, schools and more." Only Brian forgot to add the critical parts: how do you actually get to Google Maps Maker? It isn't quite straightforward. Fortunately, Greg Sterling at Search Engine Land had the answer. By navigating to the Google Maps Maker documentation, you learn that it's not available to every single spot on the map and is instead available to places where Google lacks data (Bermuda, Grenada, Jamaica, Barbados, etc.)

Here's what it looks like when I try to edit the ocean around Bermuda:

Google Maps Maker

Unfortunately, then, you can't even play with Google Maps Maker with your own "My Maps" (which I tried but failed at). But for a seasoned traveler of the Caribbean, this may be a fun tool.

Forum discussion continues at Google Groups.

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Adam Williamson

06/26/2008 05:59 pm

Instead of contributing to this project - which just means you hand all the data over to Google, for free, for them to use as they see fit - contribute to OpenStreetMap - . You own the copyright on all your contributions, but all contributions are licensed in such a way that all can use them freely forever. A much better system than just handing over all your work to Google. It's also a much more mature and well-developed project, and it covers the whole world.

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