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The internet search giant has announced Mapathon 2013, a mapping competition for its users. The competition will begin on 12th of February and last till 25th of March. The users can now update the maps of their area and make additions which will later be published in Google Maps.
The participants can choose a specified area of their choice and update more local information like restaurants, businesses, routes and specialties in that area. The additions will be scrutinized by an expert team appointed by Google. The updates will be further added to Google Maps.
The information added by the participants to Google Maps will help Google spruce its Mapping service. The winners of the competition are assured of attractive prizes. Out of the total participants, 1,000 will be lucky enough to win smartphones, Android tablets, Google Merchandise, and gift vouchers from Google.
To win all these, the participants must first register themselves at http://g.co/mapindia2013. A Bangalore based sales-executive says he began mapping the locations in India back in December 2009 using Google Maps. He also claims maps to be useful tools that provide information about a city or state. Maps are also the best ways to convey local information.
Google Map Maker is a tool from Google which contains information of places in the world. The tool is easy to use and users can access information with simple clicks. Users can select an area of their choice and add information to it based on their local knowledge. Finally, users just need to click and save the added data.