[EDIT: 20-April-2006 20:10]
As mentioned last night, Google has updated their databases. See the details they announced last night here. There are a number of details not fully itemized in the list. This blog entry will be updated as new items are found by the community. If you find data updates not on this list (or the one announced by Google) please leave a comment here, or leave me a message.
NOTE: The planes in flight database is a good way to determine whether data has been updated. When planes are not in the location placemarked it most likely means that photo was updated. ‘Cyclonic’ maintains that database at the GEC.
The list of other areas with new high resolution satellite or aerial photography:
- Areas around Stonehenge, including Boscombe Down Airport – Found by ‘Cyclonic’
- Boston, MA, USA – Found by ‘Cyclonic’
- Lots of areas in Spain updated – Found by ‘Cyclonic’
- New AeroData photos in Netherlands have “speckled” data for military sites. I saw this at airport near Assen last night, someone else saw a place in The Hague (52.0785,4.316) [Michael]. Previous data had these sites in the clear.
- Placenames in Netherlands reportedly a bit buggy (see comment by ‘Michael’ )
- Errors reported by Marc B. in photo placement for areas in Spain.
- New “unofficial” or “temprorary” colored borders for Gaza strip, moroccan border, Kashmir zones, etc. – See comment from ‘draner’.
- County lines are now seen as green lines when “Borders” layer is on and visiting USA. And the county names even appear at certain zoom-levels/altitudes.
- Many areas in Eastern Europe also updated. According to ‘Szabolcs’ in his comment, many more areas in Romania have been added, although big cities are still in low-res.
- Significant updates to Belgium according to belgeoblog (in dutch, includes placemarks to new locations)
- Reykjavik, Iceland is in hi-res now according to ‘mucbarney’ in the comments.
- Areas in Bulgaria and Greece added in high resolution. See comment from Stefan.
Here are my observations on the data updates:
- The GE Community Layer has been updated to refine the way the thousands of placemarks appear while viewing in GE. One change is that the labels don’t show up until you get closer. This helps reduce the clutter some.
- The new place names under the “Populated Places” layer seem a bit more refined than the earlier data. You can select what level of population you prefer in the folder. The new “Alternate Place Names” in alternative languages help fix the problem where names that are common in one country’s language are provided in parentheses as well for the language you select. Also, there are many islands around the world now named which were not named before. And finally, the new borders data makes it a lot easier to find islands – especially in the Pacific. Just turn on “Borders” layer and you’ll see what I mean.
- New York’s GIS organization has provided hi-res photos to Google Earth for several counties that is in this update. Unfortunately, Bergen, Norway’s data didn’t make it in this data move.