Google has brought the idea of user-generated content a step further with its plans to allow users to edit Google Maps to make it more accurate. The new functionality will allow those with a Google account to make changes to markers, which indicate business or residential listings on Google's local maps service, dragging them to …
why stop there?
why stop there? i can think of loads of place names that are spelt wrong or in the wrong place altogether up here in north wales. there are even some roads missing completely
I wonder what would happen if we moved Parliament about 50 metres south then?
What about bigger mistakes?
Will there be a way to adjust it so that it doesn't think every address in Sheffield is 'Norton, Sheffield'? I doubt it, it's been incorrect since the launch of the service now.
Well the Wets on the tory front bench would feel right at home with that.
The power of Google
I hope that the user-editable Google maps include a drag-and-drop facility. Then we can drag the British Isles closer to the equator during the winter months, and it won't be so dark and damp and dismal.
More stuff to add
I'd appreciate being able to add in roads, for example, the one where I live (so that visitors could find us). Also details of the usability of roads, you know, like impassable for large vehicles; steep, single track with no passing places; potholed to resemble Bosnia/Iraq; Closed for resurfacing; floods easily;
Paris angle: Could give her location like that machine on last weeks Mighty Boosh
Why give the data to Google?
It would make more sense to contribute it to OpenStreetMap (http://www.openstreetmap.org/), so at least you get to own the data and use it how you like later.
I'm astonished how well OpenStreetMap are doing, I thought it would never take off.
Google not first shocker!
There is already an editable map on the Internet.
And how about google.co.uk/maps showing the UK Perth rather than Australian! Problem is, it's not Google who is in control of a lot of the base data. But they are in a position to correct mistakes by their mapping suppliers.
Will user contributed data be copyrighted ?
Or will it be free (as in speech) in the same way openstreetmap is?
This feature is a sensible step and will improve the accuracy of searches for Google Local, especially in areas with 'large' postcode footprints (retail parks, rural areas etc).
The adding of roads that aren't currently shown will come in, but it all depends on the type of data purchased by Google, just because it's there doesn't mean it will be purchased and displayed. Try ViaMichelin or similar (www.viamichelin.co.uk) for more detailed rural coverage.
This repositioning of POI is going to be a blessing for anyone who regularly has to travel to out of the way places!
We've got wikimapia.org and lots of other sites.
Let us edit street names they have gotten blatantly wrong! I know of several streets with incorrect names in google maps/google earth!
I love the way OSM describes London:
"City London [nl:Londen] [fr:Londres] [fi:Lontoo] [la:Londinium] [cy:Llundain], about 31km south-east of St Albans"
And Photos too
I would love to be able to move the photo flags to the correct locations. Tis annoying researching a holiday spot to find that the "snaps" are wildly misplaced. Must annoy the locals as well.