Map Makerpedia Update; Indoors Maps Across United Kingdom Launches; Places API Adds 'Google Reviews, Text Search, Opening Hours, and Paging'

Google Map Makerpedia an online service that bring together the collective knowledge and expertise of the Map Maker community into a Wiki-style guide, recently received more intuitive layout and revised templates.First up, Map Makerpedia is now divided into three main categories, "Mapping Tutorials," "Regional Hubs" and "Community Projects." "Mapping Tutorials" pages offer mapping lessons and […]

Google Map Makerpedia an online service that bring together the collective knowledge and expertise of the Map Maker community into a Wiki-style guide, recently received more intuitive layout and revised templates.

First up, Map Makerpedia is now divided into three main categories, "Mapping Tutorials," "Regional Hubs" and "Community Projects."

"Mapping Tutorials" pages offer mapping lessons and tutorial videos. "Nineteen articles, ranging from "How to map a golf course" to "Mapping roundabouts," and six videos (in languages as diverse as Russian and Kurdish) currently comprise the Mapping Tutorials section," informs Google.

"Community Projects" section sets the stage for organizers of MapUps to share their event experiences while encouraging others to try their hand at organizing community mapping sessions. "From chronicling the efforts of mappers in disaster management and the uplifting of slums, to providing a platform for a veteran mapper to showcase his teaching initiatives, Community Projects is a practical handbook on the benefits of mapping," Google said.

And, the "Regional Hubs" section provides a one-stop source for all the regional guidelines. The Regional Hubs also enable mappers from one part of the world to help others across the globe.

You can also share your knowledge on Map Makerpedia.

Google Map Makerpedia Redesigned

Google Indoor Maps for Android is now launched in the UK. "Just open Google Maps on your Android mobile phone, zoom in to the location you're in and the indoor floor plan magically appears," wrote Google.

"More than 40 venues in the UK have worked with us to have their indoor floor plans appear on Google, ranging from train stations to art galleries, department stores to sporting venues," Google posted.

And for buildings where the information is available, Google will show where you are on the map with a familiar blue dot if you've enabled the My Location feature. Next, search for the location you'd like to get to (Platform 9¾ at King's Cross Station or Peter Jones in Sloane Square) and you'll be provided directions to help you get there - even if you're on a completely different floor.

In fact, any building owner can upload their maps for future inclusion in Google Maps.

You can download Google Maps for Android here.

Google Indoor Maps for Android Now in U.K.

Google Places API, that enable developers to search more than 95 million places, such as businesses and landmarks, around the world recently added a number of features such as keyword search, rank by distance, and support for Events -- and during the I/O 2012. the company launched some more features including: Google Reviews, Text Search, Opening Hours, and Paging.

Google has also announced a new dedicated home page for the Places API at developers.google.com/places.

In addition to the Places API web service, all of the above new features are also available in the places library of the JavaScript Maps API v3.

Google Reviews offered on Google+ Local. The top 5 Google Reviews for a Place are now included to a Place Details request. "Each review is accompanied by additional information such as the scores given by the author, author details, and the date that the review was submitted," Google said.

Text Search, is a new way of searching that broadens the scope of the Places API to any device that can accept text input, be it from a keyboard or from voice recognition.

"Text Search brings the flexible capabilities of the Google Maps search field to your application. Rather than requiring the user's location to search around, Text Search interprets free text queries that can include both what the user is searching for, and where they are searching for it," explains Google. You can also bias queries to a particular area, so that even queries with no address component can be correctly interpreted.

Opening Hours for businesses. Place API now returns the 7 day opening hours for a Place in the Place Details results where available. Place Search results also now include a property that indicates if a Place for which opening hours are available is currently open.

Paging, increases the number of search results that can be retrieved to 60. Applications can now request two additional sets of 20 results after the initial request has been made.