How did a Scottish island disappear from Google Maps?

07/31/2013 | Atlantic online, The

The recent disappearance of a small Scottish island from Google Maps is the latest example of the complex nature of digital cartography. Electronic maps can be much more detailed than their paper cousins, but it can be surprisingly difficult to fix errors when something goes wrong, according to Mike Dobson, founder of TeleMapics. "It really is the essential problem of digital mapping," he said. Google says it is working to resolve the issue.

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