Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Another way to contribute... Maps!

The World of open source software is a vast canvas where everyone can paint. In fact, it is so vast that the easiest thing is to get lost in it and not even know where or how to start contributing. However, if the idea is to put in some effort to help others, there are many projects out there that make it extremely easy to help and efforts are quickly and easily rewarded as one can see the result of one's contribution straightaway. Some are not necessarily 100% open source, though, but if they are open enough that we all highly benefit from them, well, who cares?

In this case, I am talking about Google Map Maker, a powerful and intuitive tool that allows everyone to contribute and keep adding information to the already amazing Google Maps. As demonstrated on the short video below, Map Maker is an online tool that allows users to map anything from a dog park to a winery... to an entire city, all with just a few clicks.

Why Google Maps when there are other alternatives out there, you may ask? Well, aside from the fact it is probably the most widely used solution out there (thus making contributions immediately more relevant and helpful to others), it is also the solution available to all Android devices, so it is a way to help Linux users!

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