Google has shut down Google Map Maker. A support page went up over the weekend declaring that Map Maker is closed but that “many of its features are being integrated into Google Maps.”
Map Maker was a Wikipedia-style Map editing service that launched in 2008. The site created a sandbox version of Google Maps and gave users powerful editing tools, allowing them to build roads, terrain, landmarks, and buildings from scratch. The edits were sent to a moderation queue, and if the community members deemed the edits to be correct, they were pushed to the production version of Google Maps.
While Google notes that it has “started to graduate functionality from Map Maker to Google Maps on both desktop and mobile,” for now there is a huge functionality gap between Google Maps and Map Maker. Maps has several “editing” features to change existing content but none of the “build it from scratch” features of Map Maker.
Source:: Arstechnica – Gadgets