Spanish cities renamed after Islamic kingdoms in Google Maps prank – Telegraph.co.uk

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Unknown Google Maps users altering names of Spanish towns to reflect their former status as Islamic kingdoms

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

As I have said in a hundred blogs or more, maintaining a national accurate map data-set is a costly exercise. It takes time, local knowledge, a lot of relationships and a passion for your country.

It has been interesting spending 8 years in one of those companies to see on one side, staff working really hard to get every single street name right, or making sure the speed zone or intersection controls are accurate and current, mapping road centre lines to sub 15cm with a car that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, and then having major brands of car navigation and fleet management putting the squeeze on price so they can sell their product for a pittance.

When you devalue knowledge or provide open source access to modifying the core…

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