A Chilean village in Patagonia on the border with Chile is shown as belonging to Argentina in Google Earth, reports Reuters:
The Chilean government wants Google to fix its Earth geographical search program that places a village named after Chilean independence hero Bernardo O’Higgins in Argentina.
A quick check shows this to indeed be the case:
Villa O’Higgins does indeed seem to be mislabeled, the border mismapped, and all this uncontested by Argentina — a rare factual error. (Google’s Megan Quinn says they’re looking for more accurate data for the region.)
Both the place and border data is provided by Europa Technologies. I wonder how this error managed to get into the dataset: Is the border we see an old border? Fiction? :-) It’d be great to find out.
Moral of the story (not that you haven’t heard it here before): People (and their governments) care deeply about the accuracy of Google’s geographic data. The upside: With masses of people fact-checking the minutest details of Google’s dataset every day, it must be getting quite accurate indeed by now.