Google launches contest to improve mapping of India
Google is looking towards accelerating its crowdsourcing cartography efforts by offering prizes to participants in India. The <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278879==https://www.google.com/mapmaker/mapathon/india2013/" rel='nofollow'>Mapathon 2013</a> event from February 12th to March 25th will provide gifts, including devices and Google-branded merchandise, to the top 1000 users of <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278880==http://www.google.com/mapmaker" rel='nofollow'>Google Map Maker</a> in India. <br />
Map Maker allows people more familiar with a location to supply edits to Google Maps, in cases where government-supplied data and Google's own mapping efforts have either made a mistake or simply not covered an area. Recently, results from a multi-year project to map <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/278881==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/29/used.crowdsourced.information.over.multiple.years. for.map/" rel='nofollow'>North Korea</a> were added to the main Maps index, including a considerable number of roads and landmarks.
The top participants in the project will receive Samsung Galaxy Note 800 tablets, while Samsung Galaxy S II GT I9100 smartphones, gift coupons, Google Mapathon t-shirts, and certificates will be received by those lower down the rankings.
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