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Help answer a question about Street View -- for Science! [Dec. 30th, 2010|01:28 am]
Lindsey Kuper

My friend Andrew works as an entomologist for the state of Florida. His job: "survey the state of Florida for invasive invertebrates". As far as I can tell, they picked precisely the right person for the job: I once drove around the Keys with Andrew for, like, an hour, and in that time I think there were at least three occurrences of him abruptly pulling the car to a halt so he could get out and peer at some roadside plant which looked ordinary enough to me but which had crucial significance to him and his work. He spends a lot of time poring over scientific literature and hiking around Florida's national parks to try and figure out what invasive species of arthropod is going to hit them next. He knows a lot about bugs.

Recently, he came across a Street View photo on Google Maps that shows some plants he's interested in. They're the three short little plants in the foreground. He's trying to figure out how long they've been there and growing, and knowing when the photo was taken might give him a guess at how long they were infested with the invasive pest he's currently pursuing. And so, Googlers in my life, I ask on his behalf: is there any way for us mortals to find out when the Street View van came around to Stock Island, Florida? Knowing the exact day would be great, but even knowing the month would be useful to him.

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From: ms_nico_blue
2010-12-30 07:22 am (UTC)
The photo appears to be kind of water marked with "Google 2007", but that's all I've got
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[User Picture]From: soong
2010-12-30 06:26 pm (UTC)
Google Earth has some way of showing when the aerial photos were taken, and I think it can also show streetview, so maybe it'll show the dates the streetview photos were taken.
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[User Picture]From: cos
2010-12-30 06:40 pm (UTC)
I poked a few of my Googler and ex-Googler friends with this URL. Looks like one of them (bolson) has already commented :)
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From: sherwooddotnu
2010-12-31 02:47 am (UTC)
I work with someone whose daughter was a Street View driver for a few years. I can ask him if he has any insight, if you'd like.
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From: freyley
2010-12-31 07:01 pm (UTC)
Doesn't look good for there being a way.

Google Support on the question.

Didn't find any similar questions on StackOverflow, which is the place I'd expect to find it answered. You or your friend might post one there.
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