Can you find Google’s GTA mistakes?
Google Maps is fine for the big picture, but sometimes not reliable on the level of urban detail. Here are three examples, two of which resulted in errors in the Star in print, on line or both:
1) Misspelled street name in the Christie/Dupont area:
This spelling was on the site for a while, in a story about a power outage, until a Web editor who used to live in the area corrected it. (Correct spelling is Wychcrest.)
2) East York is labelled outside the historic East York boundary (grey polygon):
3) Mislabelled park in Ajax. This wrong name was used a graphic, which ended up as a formal published correction and the fussy but in this case necessary process for correcting a graphic online.
Here's what Google shows:
and here's the corrected graphic:
There have to be more errors out there – these are just a few that we stumbled on by accident.
So: has Google led you astray? Are there roads on the map that don’t exist on the ground, or vice versa? Spelling mistakes? Leave your answers in the comment section. We’ll gather the responses and send them off to Palo Alto.
Google isn't the worst offender. MapArt’s recent atlas of the Golden Horseshoe depicts two villages outside Ancaster, Summit and Trinity (complete with a tiny pink area where the mapmaker imagines people might live), which stopped being plausible hamlets a hundred or so years ago.
Anybody trying to find these places is in for a confusing surprise.
For how many generations have mapmakers been copying each others’ work without ground-truthing it? It’s an interesting question.