Pinoy users join millions in Google Maps

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By JOEL D. PINAROC – The edits and contributions of Filipino users of the immensely popular Google Map Maker can now be seen by millions of users across the world, Internet giant Google said.

Google recently announced that these edits and contributions can now be seen at Google Maps.

With this development, the company expects millions of Google Maps users to have a more accurate and updated online maps of the Philippines.

The edits will include updated information on new roads, points of interests and more details on more regions all over the archipelago.

The company has launched Google Map Maker in the Philippines in October.

Google Map Maker is the platform for editing while Google Maps is a platform for building apps.

While the map data on Google Map Maker is pretty dynamic and can be edited, re-edited and moderated, the data on Google Maps is more permanent, the idea being to push map data from Google Map Maker to Google Maps when they have been moderated and found to be accurate, Google said.

The firm also said it is always the goal that edits on Google Map Maker be pushed to Google Maps when the accurate edits have reached a substantial number.

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According to Derek Callow, marketing chief for Google Southeast Asia, the Philippines is ”unique” and a challenge for Google Map Maker users, owing to the more than 7,000 islands found in the country.

Callow said Google wanted to pinaroctake the next step to include Philippine contributors to Google Maps.

The executive said the inclusion of Philippine contributors to Google Maps is an initiative for Google users, noting that a significant number of searches conducted over the Internet involve some location-based information.

Further, Callow explained that a large part of the Philippines’ geographic data is still not yet available online.

With the development, the information can be made available, he said.

The executive said Google has “hundreds of users of Google Map Maker contributing tens of thousands of edits since the launch last Oct. 2008.”

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