While Google's UK Maps service is far from incomplete, it's not easy to comprehensively cover a vast array of British towns and countryside without a bit of local knowledge. Hopefully, that's exactly what we'll get with the launch of Google Map Maker in the United Kingdom, including the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.

The idea behind Map Maker is that local residents can contribute to Google's existing maps, and when any additions or edits have been approved, they will become available on Google Maps and Google Earth. The difference that this can make to local areas and attractions  is clearly quite significant, as you can see on the before and after shot of Bletchley Park, in Milton Keynes.


If you want to begin mapping out local places yourself, you can head over to google.com/mapmaker to get started.

Source: Google Maps Blog

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • Nevi_me

    I sometimes feel like outside of the US, Map Maker isn't pushed much. I know it's not a revenue service like advertising, but Google could allocate a few more Dollars to the team to promote mapping events better. For example, in the US and Canada, the varsities are well mapped because of the 2011/2012 University challenge. Outside those countries Map Maker doesn't have that much attention except in the Google Groups.

    Mappers (including me) also get frustrated by the number of savage bots that go around changing data, and the sometimes long waits for approvals to be made.
    Considering the amount of effort and innovation that the Street View team shows, I think MM is behind, and that's not gonna help Google in its efforts to map out the entire planet.

    • akshay7394

      Actually, we just had a MapMaker challenge here in India, the effect was MASSIVE. Completely unmapped areas (previously) are now impeccably detailed, it's a joy to see :D

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    • Muhammad Zohaib Rizwani

      Lol have you seen pakistan on google maps? its done entirely on map maker :P

  • Andrew

    I've always wanted to do this! There are lots of little details in the areas around me that are either absent or incorrect, so I'm suddenly able to fix them. Super excited.

    • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

      How sad our nerdy lives are. I thought exactly that when I read this. "Yay, now all those map inaccuracies can be amened and my map based OCD won't bother me any more."

      • Andrew

        Haha, I know! Is there an ability to create Editor Flags (or something) to add info that isn't intended to be published? Like for a work in progress.

        I've always been bothered by the fact that the city hospital - a HUGE, unnavigable monstrosity - is just one giant block on Maps. I've decided to update it, but it'll take a while, and certain edits are incomplete and aren't intended to be reviewed yet.

        • http://www.Mikereviews.co.uk/ Mike Brown

          Sorry Andy, I don't know about an Editor Flag, but its a good idea. I'll let you know if I find anything.

  • Rodrigost23

    Google Map Maker was available in Brazil until last year, when they closed it claiming they're improving the maps themselves. But when it was available, the changes (at least in my city) never came live - the street I live does not exist in Google Maps and that's frustrating, as it always says I'm on another street (that doesn't exist). We're still waiting here, Google!

  • xnadax

    I'm so waiting for Map Maker to come to Sweden. Google Maps is terrible here outside bigger cities compared to other local online map services. Some towns doesn't ever exist in Google Maps, while other maps show every single house at the same location.

  • Fellwalker

    What I don't understand is why do many POIs on Google maps are in the wrong places. Who puts them there?
    Not money making? It sells adverts for Google. Only if it is the most complete will it be most used (eventually good will oust bad). This just gets an army of free slaves to do the work that Google should do. If you want open source please use OSM Open Street Map.

  • Stefan

    This is ridiculous. I do like Google and Google Maps, but why would I contribute to Google Maps and not to a real community project like OpenStreetMap? If it's my spare time, why would I allow any company to generate revenue from it?