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Geographic Information Quality Boo boos

2011 August 25
by Daragh O Brien

From Twitter we learn that CNN is reporting that NATO is combing Tripoli looking for Colonel Gadaffi (or any of the other variant spellings of that name).

Unfortunately, if CNN are to be believed, NATO has just invaded another country to find the errant Colonel (Libya is a little further to the left people…)

Of course, this is not the first time that CNN or other media outlets have made errors with geography. Here’s the CNN map showing the location of the Queensland flooding in Australia earlier this year:

And of course, the Gawker.com took great pleasure in reporting on how Google presented the Russian invasion of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia as being an attack on some good ol’ boys in the Deep South of the United States of America (at least according to their maps)

 

A great resource for information on mapping and cartographical errors is The Map Room Blog

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