THIS BLOGPOST WAS UPDATED ON DECEMBER 29, 2020, BECAUSE THE OLD API DIDN’T WORK ANYMORE. FROM NOW ON AN OFFICIAL GOOGLE API CAN BE USED. CHANGES WERE MARKED IN RED ON DECEMBER 29, 2020.
My method to create a map with the most recent dates Google captured Streetview images consists of some different steps. In short it comes down to querying Google for every point on the map if Streetview imagery exists and putting all the answers on a map. The technical explanation on how I did this, can be found below.
The streets layer
Because usually Streetview images are captured in public streets, I start with a layer of all streets in town. Luckily there are different data sources available who distribute this kind of data as open data.
I used the Road Connections Layer (Wvb) of the Grootschalig ReferentieBestand (GRB) from Informatie Vlaanderen. This layer can be downloaded free and legally from download.agiv.be. You could also use OpenStreetMap Data. More information about that you can find on wiki.openstreetmap.org.
From the download application of Informatie Vlaanderen (formerly known as AGIV) I only downloaded the data for the area I wanted to use, but with QGIS (qgis.org) you can als perform a clip on a larger data set.Continue reading “A map with the most recent Streetview capture dates per street: how to get started!”