Today Google made it’s Map Maker service available for the United States. This is a collaborative, online tool that allows anyone to add or update features in Google Maps and Google Earth.
One of the company’s typically quirky videos gives the low-down:
The service actually launched way back in June 2008, and has gradually been rolled out to 183 different territories around the world. However, up until now the focus has been on places with poor map coverage. Launching it for an already well-mapped country marks a change in Google’s approach. Presumably other places such as Europe will get similar access soon.
If editing isn’t your thing, why not just sit back and watch others doing all the work ? A Google Earth mash-up animates through the latest submissions, letting you watch the mapping in real time.