Welcoming the United Kingdom to Google Map Maker

Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 1:00 AM


More than 40,000 people around the world are making contributions and improving Google Maps through Google Map Maker each month. Now it’s your turn to help, whether marking the trails through Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, adding all your favorite shops in London’s Soho Square, or improving driving directions to St Ives in Cornwall. Drawing from your knowledge about world famous tourist destinations or the streets of your hometown, you can now use Google Map Maker to make the map of the United Kingdom (along with Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey) more comprehensive and accurate than ever before. Once approved, these improvements will appear across Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile.

UK Googlers and community members are kicking off today’s launch with a MapUp workshop in England’s Bletchley Park. As you can see from this work-in-progress, contributing to Google Map Maker can quickly transform a simple map into a more detailed and accurate representation of a city’s local treasures.

Bletchley Park, UK: Before and After

Krzysztof Przygoda, a Poland native who’s actively contributed to the map of that country via Map Maker, has since relocated with his family to the UK. Now, he’s looking forward to enriching the maps of both his homeland and his new stomping grounds. Krzysztof is particularly eager to map the narrow network of paths that wind through his new neighborhood, with the goal of improving directions and navigation for local cyclists and pedestrians in Gloucester.

If you’re familiar with or fond of particular places throughout the United Kingdom, we invite you to join our collective effort to add to the Google Map of this great country too! Get started by engaging with the ever-growing community of mappers, exploring the Map Maker Help Center, or just dive right in and begin mapping your world today.