Google Map Maker launched at Bletchley Park

Jabran Rafique, who helped plot Lahore, Pakistan for Google Maps
Jabran Rafique, who helped plot Lahore, Pakistan for Google Maps

Ever spotted something on Google Maps that isn’t quite right? Now, you can make that change after Google Map Maker UK was launched at Bletchley Park this morning.

Google Map Maker is an online tool that allows people to contribute and edit map data for certain regions from around the world. Users can locate, draw, label and provide attributes for local map features, in effect, becoming ‘citizen cartographers.’

Jessica Pfund

Jessica Pfund

Jessica Pfund, Google Maps product manager, pictured left, said: “We are always being told that there are mistakes with the current maps all over the world.

“By introducing Map Maker, we can allow the people who know their area best to make amendments, add things, move things and make the service even more hyper-local.”

By logging into the service at www.google.co.uk/mapmaker, users can use the satellite maps to draw around and tag buildings, add footpaths, cycle paths, businesses – the possibilities are almost endless.

Bletchley Park Chief Executive Iain Standen and his team have already been mapping out the famous complex, and hope others follow suit.

“We have been involved in this process from the beginning. We went down to London to find out more about it, and have come back and mapped out the Bletchley Park grounds,” he said.

“It’s the next stage in Google Maps, and I’m sure a lot of people will contribute.”