Jump to content

 
Photo

Recent changes to Google Maps

- - - - -

  • Please log in to reply
11 replies to this topic

#1
Charles Syrett

Charles Syrett

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 530 posts
  • Canada

Recently I've noticed a significant upgrade to Google Maps in the US. More/better drainage, property lines, and identified (paying?) points of interest. What's more, the data is credited to "Google" -- no longer Tele Atlas! (Canada is unchanged.) Anybody know anything about this?

Charles Syrett
Map Graphics
http://www.mapgraphics.com

#2
Paul H

Paul H

    Paul from JIMAPCO

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 74 posts
  • Location:Round Lake, NY
  • United States

http://google-latlon...oogle-maps.html

#3
Paul H

Paul H

    Paul from JIMAPCO

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 74 posts
  • Location:Round Lake, NY
  • United States

http://blumenthals.c...th-google-data/

#4
peanut

peanut

    Master Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPip
  • 138 posts
  • Location:Austin, TX
  • United States

There was a rather lengthy discussion about this over at James Fee's blog:

http://www.spatially...r-own-map-data/

Very interesting stuff!

Rich

#5
Charles Syrett

Charles Syrett

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 530 posts
  • Canada

What I find odd is that nobody is trumpeting about the addition of property lines and hydrographic detail. I've seen some impressive new stuff in very rural areas. From the point of view of an in-the-trenches cartographer, this is the biggest forward move since Google knocked MapQuest out years ago. Yet this is hardly mentioned! :D

Charles Syrett
Map Graphics
http://www.mapgraphics.com

OK, just saw Rich's post. Looks like the parcel data is starting to be noticed!

http://blumenthals.c...th-google-data/



#6
Matthew Hampton

Matthew Hampton

    Hall of Fame

  • Moderator
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,282 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Portland, Oregon
  • Interests:Playing in the mountains and rivers.
  • United States

The property lines are a nice addition, but I wouldn't say they are great or awesome. In some areas they look a little mis-registered to me. I do like the general cartographic improvements, however.

Attached File  Picture_26.png   51.51KB   57 downloads

Oregon Metro - Portland, OR
www.oregonmetro.gov


#7
Charles Syrett

Charles Syrett

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 530 posts
  • Canada

To me, the fact that they're there at all is a big deal. I would guess that for the most part that data is more reliable than the street data, and that where there's a discrepancy, it "shows up" the errors of the street data. I can't tell you how many times I've had to compare Google with municipal data by eye, and now it's all right there! Not that I feel I owe Google $$ or anything.... :rolleyes:

Charles Syrett
Map Graphics
http://www.mapgraphics.com

The property lines are a nice addition, but I wouldn't say they are great or awesome. In some areas they look a little mis-registered to me. I do like the general cartographic improvements, however.

Attached File  Picture_26.png   51.51KB   57 downloads



#8
mblumenthal

mblumenthal

    Newbie

  • New Member
  • Pip
  • 1 posts
  • No Country Selected

There was some initial discussion about the impact of the parcel data here: http://www.direction...article_id=3295

I had a followup conversation with Mike Dobson of Telemapics who put the importance of the parcel data from Google's point of view in a slightly different perspective in this article: http://searchenginel...ogle-maps-27783

#9
rudy

rudy

    Ultimate Contributor

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 738 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Canada
  • Canada

No property lines in Canada yet . . . at least not in my neighbourhood. but I do notice business points of interest - no not the balloon type pointers but little labeled boxes indicating business locations. Still many businesses missing but it is a start. I only wish they had a layer option with which you could turn them off or on, as you see fit. And also bus stops - but this, I think, has been around for a couple of months already.

#10
ELeFevre

ELeFevre

    Hall of Fame

  • Associate Admin
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,048 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Louisville, Colorado USA
  • Interests:Cartography, musical instruments, reading, hiking, craft beer
  • United States

There was some initial discussion about the impact of the parcel data here: http://www.direction...article_id=3295

I had a followup conversation with Mike Dobson of Telemapics who put the importance of the parcel data from Google's point of view in a slightly different perspective in this article: http://searchenginel...ogle-maps-27783


Very interesting conversation. Thanks for this. I'll be following your articles.

Erin



#11
MapMedia

MapMedia

    Hall of Fame

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,029 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Davis, California
  • United States

To me, the fact that they're there at all is a big deal. I would guess that for the most part that data is more reliable than the street data, and that where there's a discrepancy, it "shows up" the errors of the street data. I can't tell you how many times I've had to compare Google with municipal data by eye, and now it's all right there! Not that I feel I owe Google $$ or anything.... :rolleyes:

Charles Syrett
Map Graphics
http://www.mapgraphics.com

The property lines are a nice addition, but I wouldn't say they are great or awesome. In some areas they look a little mis-registered to me. I do like the general cartographic improvements, however.

Attached File  Picture_26.png   51.51KB   57 downloads


Many US counties make their parcel data FREE, but not all. So I guess they are able to pick the low hanging fruit since it is available and useful.

#12
Dennis McClendon

Dennis McClendon

    Hall of Fame

  • Validated Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,063 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Chicago
  • Interests:map design, large-scale maps of cities
  • United States

The Fee blog contains a lot of speculation about the source, including comments from people at counties who make data available but who insist they never were approached by Google. Others can tell that the parcel data is a few years old. It seems likely that it comes from one (or more) of the commercial aggregators.
Dennis McClendon, Chicago CartoGraphics
chicagocarto.com




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

-->