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Help Google Map the World 01/07/2013

Google are looking for people to help them map the world. If you're an organisation such as a tourism board, Government agency, university, a research organization or other entity that is interested in capturing and sharing imagery of a place you know and care about, then they want to hear from you.

It is all part of a pilot programme that enables third party organizations to borrow their Trekker - a wearable backpack outfitted with a camera system on top - and contribute 360-degree photos to Google Maps.

The Trekker is operated by an Android device and consists of 15 lenses angled in different directions so the images can be stitched together into panoramic views. As the operator walks, photos are taken roughly every 2.5 seconds. This 'camera backpack' enables Street View to feature places around the world that no car, trike, trolley or snowmobile can access.

Google's first partner, the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB), has already begun using the Trekker to take photos of the most popular, well-trafficked sites on the Hawaiian islands for future inclusion on Google Maps.

"Relying on HVCBs expertise, we worked together to choose the locations where theyll collect panoramic imagery, including trails through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Loa Observatory, Onomea Bay, Akaka Falls, Waipio Valley, Pololu Valley and more," says Google.

"By working in partnership with HVCB, we can bring these locations online much faster than working alone."

Google hope this imagery will be used by their partners to increase awareness and interest in their locations, potentially increasing tourism. Where would you suggest in north Wales? The routes up Snowdon are an obvious one for north Wales but encouraging more people to walk-up this already very popular mountain probably isn't necessary.

To apply to be the next Google Maps Trekker partner fill out a form here.

Topic: Google Maps, Google Maps Trekker.



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