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Published On: Fri, Apr 20th, 2012

Tacurong Online is attending the Google Map Maker Summit Mindanao!

Yes, we are! Perhaps, the first step towards mapping Tacurong City and putting the city of Goodwill online for good. Google, the online search giant is just happy to help us or anyone willing to spend time to map their place using their Google Map Maker.

Google Map Maker allows you to add and update geographic information for millions of users to see in Google Maps and Google Earth. By sharing information about the places you know, like businesses in your town or places in your school campus, you can ensure the map accurately reflects the world around you. Your updates will be reviewed and once approved, will appear online for people from all over the world to see.

tacgogmap Tacurong Online is attending the Google Map Maker Summit Mindanao!

Google Mapping Tacurong City! (Logo concept by Berniemack Arellano)

What are the benefits of putting your place online and into the google map? Tourism and disaster preparedness are the two most compelling reason to “map” your place. To help you with these, Google is conducting Map Making workshops and summits in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The three Map Maker summits are envisioned to kick-off MapUps or Mapping activities and/or initiatives for tourism and health establishments in their respective regions.-Bariles of Gensantos.com

Tacurong is just lucky too that for Mindanao, the map making summit will be held in Gen Santos City on April 21, 2012, Saturday,  at the STI Campus, J. Catolico Avenue, General Santos City, from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. This will be conducted with the help of the Soccsksargen Bloggers. A Google Geo Advocate Team will be facilitating this summit and some will be flying in from Singapore and India.

Part of the agenda of the day-long workshops are Practical Sessions on the use of Google Map Maker and separate orientations on Panoramio and Sketch Up.  Aside from these, there will be sharing of stories from Map Makers and Mapping advocates from all over the country.

The city planning office of Tacurong and this author received an invitation from the group’s lead convener Avel Manansala of Gensantos.comto attend the said map making summit here in Mindanao.

It is open for FREE to all mapUp organizers, mappers, government agency workers, tourism stakeholders, business establishment owners and just about anybody (students or professionals) who are interested in mapping their local communities.

Part of the agenda of the day-long workshops are Practical Sessions on the use of Google Map Maker and separate orientations on Panoramio and Sketch Up.  Aside from these, there will be sharing of stories from Map Makers and Mapping advocates from all over the country.  Of course, LUNCH and SNACKS are courtesy of Google.

If you have time to spare and want to volunteer to help map out tourism spots in your locality, register here to join:

About the Author

- I’m a traveler. I work fulltime as a medical professional. I go to different places most of the time I’m off my day job. I shoot photos for fun, hack computers for even more fun and play badminton as my exercise. And yes, I’m not rich.

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