Nokia has officially launched a new mapping program, targeted at improving the depth and quality of its HERE maps in India. It is a unique blend of crowd-sourced and industrial mapping techniques. Nokia plans to tap into local and community knowledge, combined with quality checks in order to bring much more detail into the HERE maps. HERE maps claims that India is the first country where they are combining crowd-mapping, with their own mapping techniques, targeted at getting the most accurate and relevant data into HERE maps.
Nokia has hired a team of over a 1000 people in India, and they will work with local experts , including students of geography and cartography from schools including Kamala Nehru College in Delhi, Mount Carmel College in Bangalore and several others. Cartography students can bring much more relevant and useful edits to the map, owing to their knowledge on both the subject, and the locality, and can also validate the community edits. They will have access to HERE Map Creator, their exclusive community map editing tool.
Map Creator allows people to add streets, bridges, Points of Interest, and other relevant information to the map. This allows for a crowd-sourced map system, where people can harness their local knowledge to give the best additions to the map. These edits are then passed through a moderation system before being integrated into HERE Maps. Once integrated, the changes will be pushed within days to all HERE customers, including car manufacturers, personal navigation device makers, mobile device providers and Web and enterprise clients, according to the folks at HERE.
Nokia hopes that through the crowd-sourced mapping, they will be able to efficiently and accurately map the road networks and key infrastructure in rural areas, and add POIs and other new information in the ever evolving urban landscape. This unique initiative is sure to help map out the diverse landscape of India, and is a great testing ground for community driven information gathering.