[Geowanking] google maps, etc + data quality vs commoditization?
ian at urbanmapping.com
Tue Feb 2 00:00:37 PST 2010
not sure what you are going for--a sort of town hall debate over the merits of google's decision? it's easy to forget that parcel data was rarely even visible on a public website until several months ago. so i'll applaud google for getting title search/parcel aggregators scared to hell. no doubt their decision entire methodical and for sure had been several years in the works. i'm certain it's a matter of months (not years) before they drop major provider for business listing data and will go it their own with the small business center. it's pretty clear that consumers don't mind sacrificing quality for price. android turn by turn on VZN is case in point. price trumps quality when it comes to consumer markets. mike dobson has written some very insightful things on his blog about google's mapbase.
no question people are perplexed (vexed, even?) by the seemingly unnecessary open map smackdown b/w map maker and OSM. if the geo response to haiti is any indication, we can expect google to seed more coverage a la AND to leapfrog OSM.
but this is why everybody should come to where2 this march/april and attend the panel i am moderating "Base Map Smackdown" with head of TIGER, head of product for OS, our own SteveC and hopefully another participant (uh-hum, you know who you are, please respond to me offpost!)
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On Feb 1, 2010, at 11:12 PM, Brian Russo wrote:
So as many of you know Google dumped TeleAtlas last October in favour of home-grown data. Personally I found this choice over leveraging OpenStreetMap a poor one, but that's another topic.
Point is that since October, Google Maps' data quality has been very spotty. From acceptable results to the truly mythic; there's just no way to know anymore what to expect. This isn't just some academic exercise anymore as Android hits more mobile phones and more "ordinary" people take for granted routing & geocoding. Personally I've witnessed this firsthand on numerous occasions. Friends that nearly missed flights due to bad directions. Wasting half an hour lost because Google Maps (and Bing and OSM and Yahoo) had no knowledge of an entire subdivision that's several years old . I'm sure everyone has anecdotes.
Really I'm not trying to focus on Google Maps - other providers have this issue, and the problem exists elsewhere (and certainly is nothing new to geo data). However the widespread commoditization/adoption of GIS technology and map data is a done deal and is amplifying this more than ever before with no "man in the loop" to QC. I think unless consumers start paying attention then this will develop into a real mess.
What do you think? Lost cause? Will be overcome by events?
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