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Google Maps and satellite imagery of KW
#41
There's clearly a problem with their process.

Ever since things were locked down after the Great Vandalism, it's Google's intent that it never happens again.

While it used to be that, after getting a certain number of edits reviewed and approved the old fashioned way, you became "trusted" to some degree, and could make similar types of edits with abandon.

Now, a large number of edits need approval by a "Regional Lead", a person who Google has nominated from the community and considers to be reasonably trustworthy. In our case, our "Region" is Canada, so there are a handful of RLs that are approving edits across the whole country. It is clearly going to be a very big job for volunteers. And to compound that, the mechanism that presents edits for approval to RLs appears to have a distinct bias toward newer edits. Meaning if you don't get approved in a short amount of time, you are not likely to get approved ever.

Google does have in-house reviewers, but I don't believe having a Google office will make an impact there. They appear to be fairly on top of edit reviews. When something needs Google moderation, it tends to be dealt with quite fast already.
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#42
(01-18-2016, 01:59 PM)Markster Wrote: Now, a large number of edits need approval by a "Regional Lead", a person who Google has nominated from the community and considers to be reasonably trustworthy. In our case, our "Region" is Canada, so there are a handful of RLs that are approving edits across the whole country.  It is clearly going to be a very big job for volunteers. And to compound that, the mechanism that presents edits for approval to RLs appears to have a distinct bias toward newer edits.  Meaning if you don't get approved in a short amount of time, you are not likely to get approved ever.

Google does have in-house reviewers, but I don't believe having a Google office will make an impact there. They appear to be fairly on top of edit reviews.  When something needs Google moderation, it tends to be dealt with quite fast already.

I don't know how these things work within Google, but having a bigger Google office could make a difference in the sense that a person who knows about Canada's lack of Regional Leads and also knows who to talk to about that could get stuff happening.
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#43
They should push the little sort direction button on the edits so that the queue is properly set up, so older edits get priority. Smile Then just work through the queue.
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#44
(01-18-2016, 01:59 PM)Markster Wrote: Now, a large number of edits need approval by a "Regional Lead", a person who Google has nominated from the community and considers to be reasonably trustworthy. In our case, our "Region" is Canada, so there are a handful of RLs that are approving edits across the whole country.  It is clearly going to be a very big job for volunteers. And to compound that, the mechanism that presents edits for approval to RLs appears to have a distinct bias toward newer edits.  Meaning if you don't get approved in a short amount of time, you are not likely to get approved ever.

I got pointed at the application for Regional leads: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16-IxIpK...s/viewform.
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#45
That really should be a paid position. There are too many people willing to work for free, sadly.
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#46
While much of Cambridge has only 2D satellite available (and that quite old), there is, surprisingly, new imagery (in 3D!) in a small pocket on the eastern edge of the city - including Townline Road, Puslinch Lake, and the 401. Not sure why Google included that portion only, but it's there.
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#47
New 2D imagery is available for the entire region (including Cambridge!). It's 2D only, so if you have a modern browser you will need to turn 3D off in the settings to see it.

Looks to have been taken in about March of this year.
My Twitter: @KevinLMaps
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#48
the corduroy road is there, so that should help with dating...
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#49
While various buildings downtown have shown up as 3D in the past (in the non-satellite view), they have only been "extrusions", of sorts - a footprint uniformly pulled out to a specific height. These have been mostly my doing so far, as seen on a few buildings (Kaufman Lofts, 305 King, Manulife, etc). However, new, intricate 3D models have now appeared downtown. I can't figure out what criteria is being used to determine which buildings are 3D modelled - at first seemed like only the only churches. But then I noticed Market Square. and the Igloo Building. And a random house on Margaret Ave.

I'm not sure where these are coming from, but I would love to be involved in the modelling process if it were possible. Does anyone know why these buildings in particular / where thew models could be coming from? It's not Google that does it - they simply take the information that others provide them. So someone is giving them these models.

An example of the footprint extrusions I've made

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The more complicated models now being added

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#50
Spotted the Street View car on King Street this morning! It may well have caught me waving.
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