Following up on the embryonic feature wishlist for Google Earth embedded in the long post from yesterday, Michael of the Google Earth team would very much like to know: What is your most urgent feature request/improvement for Google Earth?
I have a couple myself I’ll start off with.
- A more accurate, higher-resolution height data mesh. Currently, the peak of my favorite mountain, the Matterhorn, falls between datapoints, and the result is this:
Instead of this:
In many places, especially mountainous areas, getting more height data points would do more for the accuracy of the view than getting higher resolution imagery.
- Auto-suggestion when searching for placenames, like this. Perhaps even access to georeferenced directories like GeoNames?
- The ability to look in all directions from any given location. The ability to move vertically without first having to look down.
- A way of getting better resolution at the poles, and better base imagery, especially now that the International Polar Year is soon upon us (and I can promise you, the scientists are planning a big bash).
- The ability to link to a location in Google Earth directly from within HTML (as described in this post, perhaps). The ability to link from one KML file to another.
What else? Scriptability? The ability to render WMS data natively? Support for OGC standards? What’s most urgent?
(On a different note: Michael noted that the Google Earth file of the discovery locations of 26,000 meteorites that I linked to yesterday is the product of the hard work of Google Earth Community member Majoska, who’s been building the database for several months now, with the help of many people. It is worth linking back to Majoska’s post, where the project is constantly updated and where credit is properly due.)