Links: British Library Maps in KML, GeoCommons, Google Earth Panorama Viewer

Once again, too little time, too many cool things happening. Much abbreviated, then:

  • Ooh. London, a Life in Maps, an exhibit at the British Library, gets its own KML layer with antique maps for Google Earth. Gorgeous. (Via GEC, thanks to Valery for the heads up.)
  • FortiusOne’s GeoCommons continues to look promising. In yet another sneak peek of what it will be able to do, The company blog Moving Past Push Pins shows how the Dutch noise-level sensor web data blogged on Ogle Earth just yesterday can easily be converted from its “text” KML format into a graphical heatmap overlay. A must-read for KML developers.
  • You read it here last, but that doesn’t make DigitalUrban’s Escheresque Google Earth Panorama Viewer any less spectacular. It’s a 3D sphere onto which you can stick 360-degree panoramas and then navigate through; it’s a must-see if you haven’t already. Juicy Geography makes something with it, and so does Frank Taylor adds some tips for those without SpaceNavigators.
  • Sprol, a blog that chronicles the “Worst Places In The World”, pollution-wise, gets its own KML file with links to all its stories, which were previously only illustrated with views in Google Earth. Now you can check out the pollution directly.
  • The deadline for proposals for the 5th International Symposium on Digital Earth, taking place 5-9 June 2007 in San Francisco, has been extended to Feb 28. I’ll be there in June.
  • James Fee’s been beta-testing Arc2Earth Publisher and loves it for its easy ability to publish ArcMap work in a number of formats, including KML.
  • Rev Dan Catt shows us what’s in the future of tags: Basically, tags will be geocoded, if at all feasible. Tag something “Eiffel Tower”, and to Paris it goes on the map. Very cool.
  • The Alaska Volcano Observatory gets a writeup in Wired. John Bailey showed off a KML visualization of its new analysis system at the American Geophysical Union annual meet last month, writes Wired, and they’re planning on releasing a Google Maps-based visualization soon. Hope that comes with KML.
  • The SRTM KML Project. A shaded relief overlay for Google Earth.
  • If you’re going to monitor cruise ships in Google Earth in real time, why not represent them as accurately as possible with a model? That’s what “Svens” thought. Works like a charm. Cruise ship companies should do this as a PR move and get press for it.
  • Liccavi Open Earth IDE is a tool which you can use as a gateway to all other popular map applications like Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth. With Open Earth, you can browse all other map servers and use their content as the base data to build the Liccavi Earth content.” I’ll keep better tabs on this when I have time.
  • OpenStreetMap (OSM), the open, editable, free mapping project, now gets an XSLT style sheet that converts its .osm file format to KML. (Via OpenGeoData).
  • A quick video of what SketchUp PhotoMatch can do.
  • Microsoft Publishes RFP for Virtual Earth Academic Research Collaboration.

One thought on “Links: British Library Maps in KML, GeoCommons, Google Earth Panorama Viewer”

  1. Per Dan Katt’s (Geobloggers) comments on geotagging, here’s my comment in reply:

    Geotagging items is a nice but not new idea. One of its earlier champions, unfortunately felled by leukemia, was Dr. Yvan Leclerc at SRI International in Menlo Park, CA. I was part of his team. You can read about the team’s work at SRI’s Digital Earth archival website. Pay particular attention to the GeoWeb proposal made to ICANN in 2000, which proposed and described the most global geospatial metatagging scheme yet. (Thank ICANN internal politics for delaying geotagging by half a decade.) It would be nice for someone run to with this dormant but still potent technology, but I suspect that competition among the Yahoos, Googles, and every aspiring mashup millionaire, fueled by an insane financial market, would prevent the necessary holism for it to be successful. I welcome comments and questions.

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