Google, where’s our street maps?
I’m still waiting for my street level maps from Google. I know it’s hard to gather all that data for the entire world and resources might be scant. In the US, Microsoft is lugging it out with Google in taking street-level 3D pictures. Just look at their click-happy SUV armada prowling the streets and taking hi-res pictures for geo-mapping.
Photo intentionally stolen from Gizmodo
We can only wish we have that here too, but I guess we’ll have to wait until they all finish mapping the entire United States (which could take, gasp, decades!).
However, what got my curiosity is their project in Hyderabad, India. O’Reilley Radar reports Google Uses Crowdsourcing To Create Maps In India:
Google has been sending GPS kits to India that enable locals to make more detailed maps of their area. After the data has been uploaded and then verified against other participant’s data it becomes a part of the map. The process is very reminiscent of what Open Street Map, the community map-building project, has been doing. The biggest difference is that the data (to my knowledge) is owned by Google and is not freely available back to the community like it is with OSM.
Why not send some of them GPS kits to Manila too? I’m sure a lot of our Google-loving fans out here would be more than willing to lend out a hand.