Mapping Bangladesh is an online based community in Bangladesh constituted of mappers working to develop digital mapping system through contributions of citizen cartographers on Google Map Maker.
Google opened up Google Map Maker, a public cartography project, to a collaborative community effort in certain territories in June, 2008. Bangladesh was open for editing on September 28, 2008. Mapping Bangladesh community was co-founded by Google and Altaf-Uz-Zaman on 17 January 2012. Afterwards, it started working with a view to uniting all mappers (citizen cartographers) across the country under one community. The community aimed at teaching citizen cartographers how to map features on Map Maker, provided a ground for discussion about local conventions and engaged in discussions about how to best represent the country digitally to the world by means of Google Maps.
Many of the Internet users in Bangladesh do not have mastery of English, as such many of the local mappers could not follow the Map Maker Help section in English given by GMM. Being the first ever Map Maker based community in Bangladesh, Mapping Bangladesh created a site composed fully in local language (Bengali) with illustrated tutorials, pictorials and videos for mappers to understand better how Map Maker works and how to use this online tool. Creation of the local Map Maker based tutorial site led to some serious mapping activity across the country increasing the number of members of the community from just a few to a several hundred as of 2013. Mapping Bangladesh community is praised and claimed to be one of the most organized mapping communities across Map Maker by other country-based Google Map Maker Communities.
To develop the most detailed digital map of Bangladesh on Google Maps with as much accuracy as possible gathering local knowledge of everyone from across the country under one community.
Type of activity
Mapping Bangladesh focuses on digital mapping using the online based mapping tool by Google Inc. called Google Map Maker. Users require a computer, broadband internet, spare time and knowledge of their respective neighborhood to be able to contribute to Google Maps of Bangladesh. They can add or edit features on Map Maker as well as review features edited by others using only their local knowledge.
Improving Bangladesh maps
Mapping Bangladesh, by a collaborative effort, added all government healthcare facilities across the country in all 485 Sub-Districts (locally: Upazila). They have also demarcated all 64 Districts and 485 Sub-Districts, hence completing the entire District and Sub-District layer of Google Maps on Map Maker with the help of LGED (Local Government Engineering Department) Maps. During the Map Maker APAC Regional Conference 2012 at Hyderabad, India in 2012, where Mapping Bangladesh community attended as well - the Google Map Maker Team expressed their surprise and gratitude for being able to stay organized and able to complete the project. The community has also marked all Railway stations across the country. Having these major projects succeeded and praised by Google Map Maker communities, the community is now working at a local level on other projects adding business listings, neighborhoods, ferry terminals and routes, roads, ports, rivers and everything that Map Maker interface and policies (see Terms of Service) allows them to add to Google Maps.
App Developed By: Pavel Sarwar
Idea & Contribute By: Avijit Roy Kabyo