Google has made available its Google Map Maker to the wider public, allowing anyone to provide detailed local information to Google Maps in the UK.

Google Map Maker is an online tool that allows people to contribute and edit map data for certain regions from around the world. Users can locate, draw, label and provide attributes for local map features, in effect, becoming "citizen cartographers," said Google.

The platform, said Google, helps users improve the quality of maps overall as it allows them to more precisely map places like their local neighbourhoods, footpaths and forests, parks and golf courses, where "other maps have traditionally been less comprehensive".

UK Googlers and community members are kicking off this week's launch with a "MapUp" workshop at Bletchley Park, the first place to test out and have contributions made to its area in the UK.

For all locations, once approved, map improvements will appear across Google Maps, Google Earth, and Google Maps for Mobile.

Those interested in taking part can visit Google's Map Maker Help Centre. Map Maker has been available to select groups since 2008.

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