“Information submitted by the public through Google Map Maker (‘Hey, there’s a clinic over here!’) is not available for easy reuse by the public,” wrote Nathaniel Heller, Managing Director of Global Integrity, an organization which promotes transparency and accountability in government.
I’m not a lawyer, but Google’s deal is basically, ‘Give us your data, we’ll do with it what we want, and don’t you dare try to do anything else with that data,’” he said. by Jan 22
According to the announcement on the Google Lat Long Blog, the World Bank will be a “conduit to make Google Map Maker source data more widely and easily available to government organizations in the event of major disasters, and also for improved planning, management, and monitoring of public services provision.”
The Map Maker data includes mounds of information that’s important to relief or emergency workers, development experts and urban planners. Some of the countries that will be launching the new program include Ghana, Kenya, South Sudan, Nepal and Haiti, countries that represent a wide range of economic statuses. by Jan 22