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Google Maps 'crowd-sourcing' uncovers North Korea

Google Maps 'crowd-sourcing' uncovers North Korea

Updated 31 January 2013, 15:12 AEDT

Google Maps has unveiled a detailed map of North Korea, filling in the blank spaces with information on streets, monuments and as far as revealing some of its alleged prison camps.

The new map was constructed by a group of 'citizen cartographers' who worked for several years to collaborate on geographical information obtained from satellite images.

The method is known as "crowd-sourcing" - essentially the process of outsourcing a task to a non-professional, public collective, much like Wikipedia.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Jim Macnamara, professor of public communications at UTS

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