Google organises first ever indigenous mapping day

Google organises first ever indigenous mapping day

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US: In partnership with the National Congress of American Indians, and in honour of the United Nation”s International Day of the World”s Indigenous Peoples, Google Map Maker, Google Earth Outreach and the Google American Indian Network are organising Google”s first ever Indigenous Mapping Day on August 9, 2013.

Google is inviting indigenous people across the world to take time Friday to add local geographic and commercial features to its online maps.

Participants must have a Google account to edit or add to maps represented on the popular Google Maps and Google Earth. Participants also must be affiliated with the tribe whose community they plan to map.

Many US tribal communities lack accurate mapping of roads, buildings and other services available to tribal members or general public, said Sarah Beccio, a spokeswoman for the National Congress of American Indians.

“Basically, you can improve driving directions, enhance public safety, or put tribal businesses on the map,” she said. “Also, you can identify areas that maybe shouldn’t be on a map; for instance, a store in the wrong place.”

For more information please visit the MapUp Guidelines webpage.

Source: Argus Leader