Thursday, December 8, 2011

Map data updates for the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, and Sweden

One of the biggest challenges of mapping the world is that the world is continually changing. At Google we aim to provide fresh, detailed, and accurate maps that evolve at the same pace as the world around us. As a consequence we’re happy to roll out updated maps for the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland, and Sweden, accompanied by the launch of the "Report a Problem" tool for these countries.

The map updates we are rolling out today include a number of improvements, such as more accurate water bodies, and more comprehensive parks coverage. The “Report a Problem” tool allows Google Maps users, and Maps API developers, to notify Google of errors in our map data, with email notification when their error reports have been resolved. For more information, see our announcement on the Google LatLong blog.

As with previous map data updates, it’s important that any data you have cached for these countries that was obtained using a Maps API service such as the Geocoding API be refreshed following this update. Periodical refreshing of cached data will also ensure that you benefit from any updates and corrections that are applied in future. If you have any questions or concerns, please consult the relevant Maps API forum.