Google Maps Allows User Contribution
Google has released an extension of its online Google Maps that will allow users to add new places to the database. Google Maps is available in 183 countries worldwide, but not all of the maps are detailed enough in some of the more remote areas. By allowing the average user to pitch in, some of the sections with less coverage may be improved from any of the residents with an Internet connection. Well supported areas also seek to benefit since the local populace will be able to improve directions or the accuracy of different landmarks in their city. The editor will even allow users to input such things as where parks are or even where individual dormitories may be on a college campus. Google will be adding a lot of verification for the new information, like checking accuracy, and will reward users who contribute a lot of good information with more privileges and even the ability to undo or change another user's input. In addition, Google will include Map Maker Pulse, which will allow users to watch the maps bear new updated information in real time.