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Google Map Maker

Google Map Maker is a service launched by Google in June 2008, designed to expand the breadth of the service currently offered by Google Maps. In some countries mapping data is unavailable, and so to combat this problem Google has decided to open up Google Maps to a collaborative community effort in certain territories. The project is similar toOpenStreetMap (OSM), but unlike OSM which provides its map data under a Creative Commons license, Google obtains "... a perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, royalty-free, and non-exclusive license to reproduce, adapt, modify, translate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display, distribute, and create derivative works of the User Submission". The ultimate goal of the project is to acquire sufficient high-quality mapping data to be published and used on the existing Google Maps service. Some contributions have begun to appear on Google Maps, however the changes made in Map Maker are not immediately reflected on Google Maps.

Available expertise: 

Refer to Innovation Advisor Anahi Ayala Iacucci for this tool.

Key Features: 
creation of geo-spacial information
Suitable for: 
Inserting GPS information for public release
Time commitment: 
Not suitable for: 
If maps needs to be produced in short time and data needs to be used for profit pusposes
Technical expertise needed: 
Cost considerations: 
No cost is associated with inserting data into the system. Cost is associated with collecting GPS data