Gaza map comparison – Google Maps vs Microsoft Virtual Earth vs Open Street Map

by Jon Thompson on January 4, 2009

While I am not running off to the field these days I still want to what is out there for us to use.  A simple comparison between Google Maps, Microsoft Virtual Earth and Open Street Map:

Google Maps

Microsoft Virtual Earth

Open Street Map

Google Maps is the clear winner.  However,  when you drill down the streets have limited detail and few street names.  Still, it is nice to see that someone took the time to map a bit of Gaza and provide us with a few tools.

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Peter Miller January 6, 2009 at 4:33 am

OpenStreetMap data has got a lot better in the last 48 hours and more is on the way. Check it out here: You will notice that we only have detail for the South East because that is all we have aerial photography for. We are looking to source photography for the whole of Gaza at the current time. Check out the OSM project-Gaza page:

Jon Thompson January 6, 2009 at 8:52 am

Many thanks for the update! I’ll post on it shortly.

Eric B January 13, 2009 at 1:59 am

Thanks for this but you should also check the API of these services.

For the Israel data, Google Map may look like having the best roads but once yuou switch to the API of google maps, it is just not good.

fsdfsd January 7, 2010 at 7:47 am

Click on the images to see the up to date information. OSM is far superior now, google hasn’t envolved over the last year

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