November 6, 2010 by staff
Nicaragua General cited a version of Google on a map of the border as a post facto justification for a raid seen in a disputed area between Morocco and Costa Rica.
The comments came in a report by the Costa Rican daily La Nacion. Technology blog SearchEngineLand picked up on the news and questioned the accuracy of the border with Google Maps.
A point-by-side comparison of Google Maps and a map of Bing, the Microsoft search engine, show different boundaries in the area of the Caribbean coast near San Juan River, as the technology blog.
Google is researching this problem and correct the map if it finds an error, said Kate Hurowitz, a Google spokesman.
She said that Google gets its data to assign a number of sources and it is very difficult to maintain a global map up to date.
“It is inevitable that occasional errors in the data, but when we find these errors, we work to update as quickly as possible,” he said.
Nicaragua has asked Google to keep the border line in its current location, according to the blog of Europe, the Wall Street Journal technology.
In a statement to that blog, the Embassy of Nicaragua in London, said: “The Government of Nicaragua has formally asked Google not to accept the request of Costa Rica to amend the demarcation of the border made the Google Maps service, which recognizes [the disputed area of] Puerto Cabeza in Nicaragua. The path by Google corresponding to the various treaties that define the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. ”
Costa Rica has requested the border to be changed at Google, as reported by The Nation.
“There is a bug in Google, we have sent a note to the company so they can correct the map,” said Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Carlos Roverssi, the role of Costa Rica.
Google Maps are not intended to be official or used in international conflicts, but Google’s digital borders have been a source of controversy before.
Earlier this year, Cambodia, criticized the company’s Mountain View, California, for its technology “fundamentally misleading” map of the border between Cambodia and Thailand, according to Reuters.
A city in Florida also complained that he had disappeared from the site.
Google Maps and Google Earth marks the official disputed border with red lines or dotted lines.
The line between Costa Rica and Nicaragua has not been marked as an officer of the dispute, said Hurowitz, but that could change if a disagreement over the location of the boundary develops between the two nations.
Google has recently updated several international borders by the use of higher resolution maps, Hurowitz said. Even seemingly obvious boundary lines – such as those created by rivers – may be complicated depending on the clarity of the satellite images used to create the maps, he said.
“Rivers are often not straight lines – turn and turn so that the boundary twists and turns,” he said. “But if you do not have enough high-resolution data of the borders, we will not catch all the twists and turns.”
In addition, different versions of Google Maps showing the different boundaries.
Google Maps Google Maps China and India show the different versions of the border between those two countries, because national laws require Google maps to look a certain way when viewed from each place, Hurowitz said.
The U.S. version Google Maps showing the boundary between China and India since the border is disputed, he said.
Costa Rica president urges calm amid the border dispute with Nicaragua. The country says its neighbor planted a flag on Costa Rican territory, according to a CNN cable.
Dear Costa Rica: never before have we had to be united when the aggression and provocation test with us, “said President, Laura Chinchilla, in a televised speech. “We will be calm and firm, amid outrage that these facts lead us.”
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