Google Map Maker for Karachi

Google Map MakerGoogle Maps has just recently opened up its map database for Pakistan hence allowing an open community of volunteers to help make navigational maps for Pakistan. If you have some spare time please insert a few landmarks so that it can contribute to benefit the community in general.

Edit Karachi Map Here

This will naturally be a work in progress and soon we might have a very good database of Karachi, but in the mean time I thought it may be interesting to hear from the community the present status of development of the local GPS maps in continuation to our numerous posts before (2005 Maps, Google Earth Karachi, 2006 Karachi Maps?, 2007 Map it with Naqsha & in 2008 ApnaKarachi).

My own fascination with GPS maps stems from my recent activities with the OffRoadPakistan group which often heads off into the uncharted wilderness of Baluchistan and Sindh almost 5-6 times a year literally breaking away from the hectic Karachi life for a few days of hardcore adventure. Despite having some expert navigators within the group, I pitched in to buy Garmin Nuvi 660 (it was more to satisfy my gadget-fanaticism, I have since then, uploaded it with the Mapsource WorldMap data but found it to be practically useless for street navigation in Pakistan. I’m just sharing a few pictures from our Goran Gatti trip in Jan 2008


In search of a better map I also came across the brilliant effort on Naqsha.net, Islamabad is decently well mapped but the Naqsha maps of Karachi leaves a lot to be desired for. Extending my hunt I also stumbled across a retailer who claimed to have Garmin maps for Karachi (!!) willing to sell it to me for Rs.6500. So the big question here…. Is there any decent maps on Karachi & Pakistan which can be used or do we have to wait up until progress is made on the Google Maps?

Credits: Adnan Siddiqi & Noman

6 Comments so far

  1. Google Street Map of Pakistan | Ideas Hut (pingback) on June 25th, 2008 @ 5:07 pm

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  2. cyrenity on June 25th, 2008 @ 5:57 pm

    map maked is enabled for the whole country infact, i am editing my favorite place i have ever visited all over the Pakistan.


  3. alias (alias84) on June 27th, 2008 @ 2:52 am

    All, I would advise to use OpenStreetMap.org instead. All the modifications you add will be property of Google and will not be exportable to other devices. With OSM, you can export that data to your cellphone or GPS.


  4. Shamsi (shamsi) on June 27th, 2008 @ 10:42 am

    Great … :) Teetho send me email, i have mapped out routes off & on road from Gawader to Abbotabad, Hawaliian, & Khunjarab pass, via NH, Motorway and GT Road, have 17000 mapped way point markers in Grid coordinates, for fuel stations, food joints, locations of Nature, locations of workshops, etc etc I don have time to place on Google map, if you are interested I can share the data. starting from 2002 till 2006 April.

    I have Garmin & Megellan, sharing the data.

    Lost in the universe :)

    2002 – 2007 have explored the deserts of UAE from border of Saudi Arabia to Oman border in a Land Rover Discovery and virtually visited areas where mEn never reached before. Salah Abdal Malik was all way along during the exploration to learn the mapping and 4×4 cross country from Al-Ain to Abu Dhabi in his Nissan Pathfinder back to back.

    It is fun exploring our own Heaven from deserts to valleys of Shogran, admiring the nature.

    Now running on CNG :)


  5. Adnan Siddiqi (adnansiddiqi) on June 29th, 2008 @ 12:16 pm

    Owais’ article about History of Norh Nazimabad is worthy enough to be linked here for the series where you guys refer other sites about Karachi.

    Clickety.


  6. jumbojet on June 29th, 2008 @ 5:58 pm

    Paktive.com has all major landmarks for Karachi Lahore and Islamabad. Its an awesome app that uses Google maps to begin with.

    Google Earth Community at Keyhole forums is another good place.

    Live Maps from Microsoft needs to be addressed too.

    Nasir



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