TechCrunch agrees: Google’s YouTube caving in to Turkish censors is a terrible idea and a precedent for Google’s other user-generated communities — with Google Earth Community especially vulnerable to the demands of paranoid governments.
Sardegna3D (beta) is a 3D client for Windows that lets you browse the Italian island of Sardinia. It works well, though the GUI looks a lot like a copy of Google Earth 3 (not that there is anything wrong with that:-) Just as with France’s 3D Géoportail client, I still don’t see the merit of shackling a localized dataset to a specific client, especially if the client does not provide enhanced functionality. Much better is to free the data and place it inside the wider context of a global viewer like Google Earth or NASA World Wind.
Sweets is in the process of building the largest collection of professional grade 3D building product models that are easy to find and download. In May, 2007, these high quality models will be organized by the CSI MasterFormat indexing familiar to Sweets users. As we build this collection, please come back and check its progress. The grand launch occurs at the American Institute of Architects annual convention May 3 – May 5, 2007.