The Google Sightseeing blog notices that Google’s latest update now has imagery of Beirut that shows the aftermath of last summer’s war. The post also mentions how this data was intended for inclusion then, but I think that in the end, the nature of the material simply proved too controversial and simply could not be presented neutrally while such a war was still raging.
Google Earth’s site has a new page that highlights particularly helpful or impressive KML layers: The Google Earth Gallery. Currently highlighted: the HMS Endurance’s trip to Antarctica, and another take on Darfur, this one with a lot if site-specific information about individual villages. Excitingly, a lot of this content is tagged with categories, so expect plenty more of such “best of” content. It’s a 3D Warehouse for geospatial datasets, if you will. (Google’s announcement)
BeLight’s Live Interior 3D 1.1 gains the ability to import SketchUp content. Coming at the tail end of a slew of similar announcements by 3D authoring tool developers, it seems that in the CAD world, SketchUp’s native file format is attaining a prominence not unlike what KML has achieved in the GIS world.
Roderic Page’s iPhylo blog writes about his own recent efforts at “playing with Google Earth as a phylogeny viewer”. (Previous posts on phylogenetics: here, here and here).
Arounder.com does not currently have a Google Earth layer associated with it, but it is a wonderfully executed amalgam of 360-degree panorama imagery, soundscapes, Google Maps, and textual guided tours of some of the most interesting cities in Europe, but also of places in the US and even of missions to the Moon. Worth a visit.
Notes on the political, social and scientific impact of networked digital maps and geospatial imagery, with a special focus on Google Earth.