April 18th – Google Earth Gets Database Update

Google has just announced a data update with a “significant data move for Western Europe and worldwide placenames and borders”. This primarily effects satellite and aerial photos, but also includes borders and other layer data. I’ll summarize more after I have a chance to look things over. Details from Google in this post:

  • large data move for Digital Globe’s coverage of Western Europe (!!)
  • Paris, France – GeoInfo 5/2004
  • Amsterdam, Assen, Houten, The Hague, Zeist, Wassenaar Waterland – AeroData 2005
  • Livingston County, New York – NYGIS 2005
  • Columbia County, Orange, Rockland, Westchester,Sullivan, Ulster, Herkimer County, New York – NYGIS 2004
  • Herkimer County, New York – NYGIS 2003
  • Lawrence, Kansas – Digital Globe 4/2005, 1/2006 (a bit snowy)
  • Google Earth Community layer March 24th update, improved presentation
  • Antweb added to Community Showcase
  • World placenames, borders, and island names – Europa Tech.
  • Alternative language placenames (French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, English) – Europa Tech.

[EDIT: 19-April-2006 – See this for a growing list of details on the update]


About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. With this Update Google is going back in toponym.
    In Catalonia (area around Barcelona, 41 23’16.50″N, 2 10’11.71″E) are a serious problems with unofficial toponym. Preoviously, situation wasn’t OK, but now is really worst: Vich, Tarrasa, Villanueva y Geltru, Villafranca del Panades… are completely wrong.
    In addition, there are several cities wrong situated (as Amposta).
    Europa Tech isn’t a good database provider.

  2. This update is great for The Netherlands. Hope more will come soon!
    Check out the blocked out military complex in Assen. They blocked it with a “camouflage green” color.

  3. Michael Schaap says:

    Some initial comments, from a Dutch perspective:
    * Finally, some half-decent Amsterdam coverage! Still, not as good as it could be, some other Dutch cities – even Assen, in the middle of nowhere – have a much better resolution.
    * New place name data is buggy. for instance:
    – It thinks Uithoorn (lat 52.24, lon 4.82) is in the middle of Mijdrecht (lat 52.211, lon 4.867)
    – It thinks Elburg (52.45,5.83) is in ‘t Harde (52.418, 5.875)
    * There’s some weird crambling going on in The Hague (52.0785,4.316). I think it’s the Ministry of Defense. Weird. The old data, still in Google Maps, did not have this scrambling. Also, the parliament buildings, just to the Northwest, are in the clear.
    – Michael

  4. Heracles Sakalis says:

    You need to update the name: Tibet.
    You little rent boys at google should stop fellating chinese fascism.

  5. And now “unofficial” or “temporary” borders.
    Like Gaza strip, Hala’ib triangle, moroccan border, Kashmir zones…

  6. Hi again! sorry, but you’re looking for new imagery and i think i found one. Maputo – Mozambique (Africa).
    Best Regards, CyBeR7

  7. Daryl Radivojevic says:

    I have noticed that for some strange reason, certain parts of the map become higher resolution
    if you turn off the Terrain layer. Does anybody
    know why is this so?

  8. Luis Torres says:

    When or where do you obtain up dates, expecially on las vegas, these have to be 10 years old.

  9. Is there a program like google earth that is more recent or at least updated. I use google earth to view a town in Manitoba and the images are dated 2004, why are these so outdated?

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