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Offline niko

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The peril of trusting open source mapping
« on: June 27, 2018, 02:58:54 AM »
Check out the openstreetmap map in this Scottish Sun newspaper weather article (best to ignore other content on the page  :roll:)

"Kozaksville" on the east coast between Edinburgh and Aberdeen doesn't exist, the city is actually Dundee. Kozaksville has quite a rap sheet for vandalism.


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Re: The peril of trusting open source mapping
« Reply #1 on: June 27, 2018, 12:32:28 PM »
Hey, stop giving my ancestors a bad reputation!
I'm sure it was the lowlanders having a wee bit of fun at the foreigner's expense.

Uh oh, my wife informs me I am a lowlander.  Darn.


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Re: The peril of trusting open source mapping
« Reply #2 on: June 27, 2018, 03:10:49 PM »
Map is credited to Weather.US - is that an American company, by any chance?
It's meant to be fun. . .

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Re: The peril of trusting open source mapping
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2018, 06:04:43 PM »
The original version of that map shows the real origin:

"Kartenmateriel Map data OpenStreetMap contributors rendering GIScience Research Group Heidelberg University"

« Last Edit: June 27, 2018, 06:08:19 PM by niko »

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Re: The peril of trusting open source mapping
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2018, 06:26:31 PM »
Yeah, yeah. . . Who owns the Sun newspaper?

Whatever: we agree it's been hacked/vandalised!
« Last Edit: June 28, 2018, 10:07:20 AM by bitsostring »
It's meant to be fun. . .