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Surely in the place where you live there is a food establishment that you consider “a jewel”, especially because of the delicious flavor that you find in its preparations. Do you want other diners to know about it? Maybe it’s time to put it on the map. Google asks for the collaboration of people to map out the food stalls.
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In collaboration with Baruch Sanginés, a specialist in demography and cartography, the company invites Google Maps users from Mexico City and the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico to share their findings about food stalls in their communities.
“It does not matter if you are fond of barbecue, carnitas, quesadillas, tamales or chilaquiles, your recommendations will help us build a collaborative map in which we find the locations of all these gastronomic ‘gems’,” says Google.
Those interested in collaborating in this initiative, which seeks to give greater representation to positions that are not yet on the map or are difficult to find, need to follow these steps:
- To open the formula.
- Select the food stall you want to share (barbecue, quesadillas, tamales, chilaquiles, carnitas or other).
- Paste the location of the establishment that appears on Google Maps.
- Write the name of the position.
- Tell what dish or preparation is the most recommended in the place.
Once the food stalls of Mexico City and the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico have been mapped, a free access map will be launched through My Maps, a platform that allows people to create personalized maps. This will be added to those that already exist at the initiative of Sanginés and that register positions of elotes and esquites, bakeries and Chilaquiles. The idea is that they can all be found in one place.
Google says that the specialist has used official data and the help of the digital community to build these maps.
“I am passionate about being able to make this local interest in food more public, especially to us who love traditional food, tacos, quesadillas, corn. On the one hand, I see it as a way to give voice to this food culture that we have in CDMX and in the rest of the country, and also to give these positions a representativeness, ”says Sanginés.
Google explains that the process of creating maps with data sent by other people is known as Voluntary Geographic Information (VGI). And this is precisely one of the strengths of My Maps, the fact that people can create their own maps, share them and receive help from others to make them more complete.