SOFTWARE HOUSE Google is bringing its Map Maker editing tools to the UK, allowing users to contribute local knowledge to Google Maps via the browser based service.
Launched in the US in 2011, Map Maker aims to improve the quality of Google Maps by allowing citizens to draw, label, and provide additional details for areas near them. Everything from shops, bus stations, cycling routes, footpaths, woodlands and parks can be added and edited, things Google's Maps team wouldn't have the manpower to do.
"People can edit and update anything from historic buildings, streets, agricultural land, to help to give Google Maps a refreshed and detailed level of granularity in areas from local sources," Google Map Maker programme manager Jessica Pfund explained.
"We encourage everyone to get involved and help to build Google Maps in the UK."
Google said Map Maker will allow Brits to edit maps across the UK, including the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey, to make them more comprehensive and accurate.
"Once approved, these improvements will appear across Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile," the firm added.
The launch is being kicked off today at Bletchley Park with community members holding a "Mapup workshop" to take advantage of the tool.
Bletchley Park has already built out an extensive overview of the site with details on key locations and points of interest.
The move to bring Map Maker to the UK underlines Google's aim to maintain its lead in the mapping market, as rival Apple fails to retain users' interest following the disastrous launch of its Maps service last year on iOS 6. µ