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August 2012

Google Maps heads north...way north

If someone asked you to point to Cambridge Bay on a map, where would you point to? It is probable that many people would not point to the right location. This is understandable though given its remote location. High above the Arctic circle, it’s a place reachable only by plane or boat. Zoom in on the map, and this isolated village of 1,500 people appears as only a handful of streets, with names like Omingmak (“musk ox”) Street and Tigiganiak (“fox”) Road.

Recently, a team of Googlers from the Google Earth Outreach team and Street View teams visited this remote outpost with the aim of using Google Maps technology to tell the story of this community.

We’re not doing it alone, but with the help of the community and residents like Chris Kalluk. We first met Chris, who works for the nonprofit Nunavut Tunngavik, last September at our Google Earth Outreach workshop in Vancouver, where he learned how to edit Google Maps data using Google Map Maker. Chris played host to a community Map Up event in Cambridge Bay, where village elders, local mapping experts and teenagers from the nearby high school gathered around a dozen Chromebooks and used Map Maker to add new roads, rivers and lakes to the Google Map of Cambridge Bay and Canada's North

We also took the
Street View trike with us to capture ground level imagery of the area. Not only that, but We’ll be working to train Chris and others in the community to use some of this equipment so they can travel to other communities in Nunavut and continue to build the most comprehensive and accurate map of Canada’s Arctic.

Visit the Google Lat Long Blog to find out more about this exciting trip!


Google Earth Outreach at IUCN

This year, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) is hosting its World Conservation Congress in South Korea. Google Earth Outreach will be there!

We’ll be there to offer a workshop on Google’s Geo products. The title of the workshop is “From the ground to the cloud: Google mapping tools for conservation”. This hands on workshop will allow those taking part to jump into Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Earth and Maps Engine, and Android Open Data Kit and explore how these tools can help them to organize and publish their data.

So, if you’re in Jeju from 6-15th September and have your laptop, please feel free to register and have some fun with geography!


We'll see you next month! In the meantime, you can stay in touch with the latest news from @earthoutreach on Twitter!
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