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Nokia launching community mapping programme in India, to allow people to add data on local areas

Handset manufacturer Nokia's mapping platform HERE is launching a community programme in India which will allow people to add missing streets, bridges, points of interests (POIs) and other relevant information to its map, using its Map Creator tool.

HERE will pick a team of more than 1,000 people in the country, who will work directly with handpicked local experts from more than a dozen universities, such as Mount Carmel College in Bangalore and SAL Institute of Technology in Ahmedabad. This programme enables local experts to share insider knowledge of the areas they know and put their communities on the map.

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To maintain accuracy and ensure map quality, HERE has built a community map moderation system that allows both its team as well as the community to verify edits before integrating them into the base map. Once integrated, these changes will become available within days to its users, including automakers, personal navigation device manufactures, mobile device makers and web and enterprise clients.

Given India's diverse urbanisation patterns, HERE will work with a variety of communities across the country. In smaller towns and cities, locals will help HERE build out road networks, while in densely populated areas contributors will provide information about points of interest and capture changes.

The project in India is part of an ongoing series of pilot programmes that HERE is using to enhance its community mapping capabilities and tap the knowledge of local experts.

"Sophisticated mapmaking is already a human- and capital-intensive business. Add to this the fact that the world around us is constantly evolving with the addition of new roads, new infrastructure and even new names, and cartographers simply can't keep up," said Michael Halbherr, EVP of HERE.

"In vibrant, fast-growing countries like India a community mapping approach, paired with input from the right experts, means HERE can keep pace with the ever-evolving landscape so that our maps are never obsolete. Equally important, however, is not just the pure number of people contributing to our map-making community, but that we work with the right experts," he said.

(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)

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