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Has anybody been able to update / change a campus building name in Google Maps?  

This is not an app, we are looking to update the building titles in the standard Google Maps search results having recently constructed a few new structures on campus as well as reallocating / renaming existing buildings.

Any and all input welcomed.

Thanks,
Jay
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Asst. Dir. Web Services
University of West Florida

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Joe,

Thanks! We have claimed already the listing, however we are having trouble editing on-campus building names. I was hoping someone may have run into this issue as well.

For businesses, there is usually one building and that is easy to change, but for a campus, it is a little more daunting having dozens of buildings.

Ideas?

Jay
Currently Google Maps only allows claiming and editing of individual addresses. The campuses that I have seen successfully do what you propose have registered each building under a different address. This also allows for a lot of department exposure at the local level if you name your buildings correctly.
Leroy,
I suspected this might be the case. But is that a workaround or of real value. I like the idea of individual promotion for each... but that may not make sense for the Daycare building or Parking Services. Do you offhand know the campuses that are doing this?
Thanks,
Jay
I've had this identical question myself...as we have a client on the East Coast who is currently struggling with this very issue at the moment. Google has crude bird's eye/oblique extrudes of building footprints of their campus, as well as names for many of the buildings that are displayed at certain zoom levels. However, what happens when those text labels are incorrect? What happens when new construction occurs and existing buildings are demolished and new buildings are erected in their place?

I think it's cool that Google has started to introduce footprints and basic extrudes in developed areas, along with text labels for what numerous structures are! I just see it as a massive problem related to upkeep...as the only constant around campuses (as with cities, in-general) is change. As soon as you've got a map published, you're out of date. I just wonder if Google has any really good way for staying on top of all of those billions of bits of data and imagery...or if 4-5 years from now the same things our client is reporting to Google as being outdated will remain outdated.
Derek & LeRoy,

Thanks for your input. Let's keep this dialog open, I am hoping we may 1) find some resolution from someone who has already gone down this path, or 2) at least find a contact at Google who may be able to offer some support, if not a solution.

Jay
All,

I am in discussions with Google about Campus Map updating options. I will keep you posted.

The fastest solution right now is to click on Report a Problem in the lower right hand corner of the map. Place the pointer on the labeling issue and tell them the new name in the text box. Figure on a 30-60 day turnaround on the map update.

Jay
I am dealing with a similar issue right now--good to know about the issue-reporting turnaround time. Somehow many of the areas of our campus had been inaccurately labeled prior to my affiliation with this school, and I have been unable to implement change thus far. Waiting on response from Google.

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