Google taps volunteer cartographers to help map out North Korea

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Given the choice, nobody would ever wish to live in North Korea. The country is weirder than Bizarro World according to Google Chairman Eric Schmidt's daughter, who recently went there on a diplomatic trip with her father. But, it's not like we didn't already know North Korea was kooky.

For the first time ever, Google Maps has semi-detailed mapping information of North Korea. Google says its new North Korean maps use info submitted through Map Maker by "citizen cartographers" from around the world. The new maps include information such as road names and points of interest.

While Google is obsessed with mapping out every inch of the planet, the company says there's another reason for adding detailed North Korean maps:

"Creating maps is a crucial first step towards helping people access more information about parts of the world that are unfamiliar to them. While many people around the globe are fascinated with North Korea, these maps are especially important for the citizens of South Korea who have ancestral connections or still have family living there."

Simply put: Google's North Korean maps are a work in progress. But any kind of progress is still progress, which is something that North Korea definitely needs.

Via Google

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