16 Map Maker Countries Added to Google Maps

Google's Map Maker allows users to create and enhance maps all around the world. It's kind of like the Wikipedia of mapping. As a result of the diligence of the Map Maker community, 16 countries are being added to the main Google Maps.

They are:

  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Cambodia
  • Dominica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Guam
  • Iceland
  • Mauritius
  • Paraguay
  • Philippines
  • Senegal
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Vietnam
  • Zimbabwe

Anand Srinivasan, Lakshminath Bhuvanagiri and Jessica Pfund, of the Map Maker Team commented on the milestone on the Google LatLong blog:

This launch is a testament to the spirit of map makers who have taken it upon themselves to map entire neighborhoods -- and in some cases entire cities and counties. We have observed many users add more than 1,000 edits to maps and a few have even made 10,000. Even in countries where not many have access to high-speed internet, we have found expatriates and caring users living abroad helping map countries they are far away from. Hats off to all you map makers out there!

Expect more great things from Google Map Maker in the future. Last week, 27 languages were added to the tool. Additionally, Map Maker maps were made available to the Google Maps API.