[OSM-talk] Error in Google-Maps

Nic Roets nroets at gmail.com
Wed Jan 28 18:25:46 GMT 2009


"Never *attribute* to *malice* that which can be adequately explained by
stupidity"

Malice : Google wouldn't tarnish their brand by knowingly sell incorrect
data.

Stupidity : Looking at South Africa, they clearly used some AI type software
to convert aerial imagery into vector data and it didn't work very well.
Perhaps their Brazilian contact used the wrong projection.

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 7:14 PM, Yann Coupin <yann at coupin.net> wrote:

>
> Le 28 janv. 09 à 17:18, Jürgen Reimann a écrit :
>
> > That's really ridiculous - the same situation appeared while I was
> > mapping Sousse/Tunisia - the complete Google-information looked like:
> > Let's draw something that looks like some streets that meet in one
> > point
> > (hopefully the center of a city) but there's no time to care for
> > reality. Strange!
> > Regards, Jürgen.
> >
>
> Makes sense to me.
> I mean, I'd be trying to sell google data of remote locations, I could
> draw some random stuff and say: "hey we're 90% complete!" (cheap and
> almost risk-free) or I could actually survey the area: not as cheap.
> Or I could say I don't have the data (cheap but it hurts my ability to
> sell them). I almost forgot a fourth possibility though. The company
> bought some official data. Guess who's got a lazy state worker on
> their hands? Brazilian authorities! :)
>
> Yann
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