March 30, 2007

Google Maps pre-Katrina imagery misleads Google Map users, angers New Orleans residents

This one comes to us from the "hard to believe" category. According to a CBS news report, Google has turned back time in the south by serving up pre-Katrina imagery to Google maps. According to the article, Chikai Ohazama, a Google product manager for satellite imagery, said the maps now available are the best the company can offer. He said numerous factors "go into the databases, everything from resolution, to quality, to when the actual imagery was acquired." This is a rather interesting statement since we all know that data gathering efforts post-hurricane were a high priority and no doubt there exists many high-resolution data products that would accurately document the city's altered landscape. Residents of the city are up in arms (with good reason) as they feel people looking at the imagery may be under the impression that life is back to normal and the city is rebounding just fine. Check out the article for yourself at

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