[A press release]
June 4, 2009, Manila, Philippines – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the push of the second round of Google Map Maker edits generated by local users in the Philippines to Google Maps, Google’s dynamic, collaborative geographic search platform. Some of the areas that received a virtual facelift in the latest push to Google Maps are Baguio City and Angeles City in the north; Bacolod City and Iloilo City in the Visayas; and Cagayan de Oro City and Koronadal City in Mindanao. Aside from adding street-level details, users have utilized other useful features of Google Map Maker for plotting landmarks and tourist attractions around the country, including the Merville Access Road.
Callow added, “We have seen an increase in Map Maker edits for the areas outside of the main cities which indicates the interest among Filipinos across the country to map out their local communities and contribute to this national effort. The next step is to encourage fun community-level activities to accelerate the mapping momentum, so we created a Mapping Party Kit to help Filipinos map their entire country and all 7107 islands, one party at a time.”
Google Map Maker (www.google.com/mapmaker) was launched in the Philippines in October 2008 to provide map enthusiasts a fun, easy-to-use web-based tool to personally contribute to the building and updating of online map data for the country. The first batch of local Map Maker edits was pushed to Google Maps in March 2009, covering a substantial part of Metro Manila and provinces such as Rizal, Cebu, Davao, Guimaras and Iloilo.