[Talk-GB] OS StreetView accuracy: caution!

David Ellams osmlists at dellams.fastmail.fm
Fri Apr 9 13:57:40 BST 2010

On Thu, 8 Apr 2010 15:03:19 +0100 Phil Monger <philm94 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Streetview is a product designed to show *streets. *Anything else is just
> detail to show these in context.

I would have to agree with you there. I have been surprised at just how
out of date POIs can be compared to other OS maps., especially in rural
areas. E.g., this post office closed a good 20 years ago:


This has gone from the Landranger, but not Streetview. I'm sure this is
not an isolated example. So definitely a need for caution. I can
suddenly feel my motivation for mapping coming back :)

Nevertheless, my favourite OS FAIL remains the PRoW through a vat of
sewage on the Landranger (courtesy of Bing):


Whether this is the OS's fault or the council's I am not sure (the
Council have put up new waymarks, though). The footpath does follow
roughly (I had a very poor GPS signal that day) its revised course in
OSM. Not trying to knock the OS, by the way. I love the Landranger maps,
it is just reassuring to know that even the great Ordnance Survey can't
get it all right. 


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