I have a confession: I’ve never been one of those geeks that plays around on Google Maps or Google Earth looking for interesting things. However, in light of recent events, that’s about to change.
Last fall there was the island in the South Pacific that was there on Google Maps, but not there in reality. Now, Google has mined both public data and data collected by “citizen cartographers” to fill in the blanks of North Korea. It’s this last one that really caught my attention, primarily because I had no idea that North Korea was a sea of uncharted white on Google Maps prior to Tuesday. Now there are roads, cities, hospitals, hotels, and even prisons.
Check out these amazing before and after maps put together over at The Washington Post.
If you need me, I’ll be googling.