Morten Nielsen shows how you can use his open source .NET-based map engine SharpMap to serve dynamically generated overlays to Google Earth via network links. If you code with .NET, this link is for you.
Something else for the Google Earth feature wishlist: The ability to look up from a location. Why? It would make screenshots like the ones in my previous post much easier to make. In other words, please decouple the viewing angle from the location.
For coders: OpenDMTP 1.1.3 now supports exporting data as KML. What is OpenDMTP? Glad you asked:
OpenDMTP (Open Device Monitoring and Tracking Protocol) is a highly configurable and extensible protocol for communicating with mobile devices over high-latency/low-bandwidth networks. The protocol is particularly geared towards the transmission of GPS base location information and includes a full-featured reference implementation showcasing its capabilities.
A SketchUp user’s blog! I’ve already asked Allan if he would make his models available as KML. (As an aside: I wonder if architects will balk at sharing their 3D work online for fear of plagiarism and piracy. But isn’t everything online digital, and hence susceptible to the same problem, whether it be text, video or photography?)
Electric Sheep, a 3D content creator for Second Life, gets a write-up on CNet. Interesting read. I wonder, is the only difference between architects and Electric Sheep the fact that the works of architects have to obey the laws of physics, whereas the work of Electric Sheep merely has to obey the laws of mathematics?
Something is big in Japan. I’m not quite sure what, as it is all in Japanese, but it does have an English-language title: Urban landscape search engine. It appears to be an aggregator of Georeferenced photos of places in Japan. It’s intuitive enough to click around, but the reason it’s posted here is that there is a KML network link for Google Earth that turns this into a sort of Japanese geobloggers. (Via GE Maniacs)
KML is not the only XML in the GIS space. GeoRSS is another. There’s been a converter around since August 2005, but Ogle Earth missed it until it was pointed out in a comment today by Nearby.co.uk‘s Barry Hunter. Voila: GeoRSS2KML.