“A game in which players identify unidentified locations in satellite photographs.”
How to build content for your app: let others do it for free:-)
UPDATE: Not Google, it turns out. Sure looks like Google.
Courtesy of Google, a tutorial on the structure of .kml files, those xml files that contain the placemarks, paths, overlays, etc…
The geobloggers blog is a fount of hacks and ideas regarding Google Earth (GE) and the geographical positioning tags that have been developed for Flickr photos and del.icio.us links.
For example, del.icio.us links that have had geotags added can be made to show up automatically in GE if you are in the neighborhood. What does that mean?
So if you’ve been to a nice cafe and want to geotag their homepage, go for it…
In other words, you don’t need to wait for websites to locate themselves. You can take the initiative yourself.
This post on LifeHacker has instructions for Flickr photos.
If you want to learn how to add geo-data to your own Flickr photos or del.icio.us tags, head on over to geobloggers for straightforward instructions, or else have it spelled out word for word on Make:Blog
Over on www.StudyInSweden.se, I’ve published a .kml file (with instructions) that contains markers for all the campuses of Swedish universities.
The idea is to offer prospective students (who are often early adopters) the ability to have an immersive experience as they window-shop Swedish higher education. Don’t know where V√ßxj√∂ University is? You will now.
I grouped different campuses for each university together in a folder. Double-click on the folder, and you will be flown to a particularly photogenic view.
Because the file is a network link, every time I amend or expand it, all subscribers will have this new information available automatically.
Walt Mossberg reviews Google Earth in his weekly Wall Street Journal column. He basically sees the the application as amazing eye candy, but not much more:
… there are times when even a hardened skeptic has to admit to amazement and delight at the sheer coolness of some of the things you can do on a personal computer today.
…The trouble is, I’m not sure how practical Google Earth is for most people.
Walt misses the most impressive aspect of Google Earth — its ability to let anyone publish dynamically updating content to it. This makes Google Earth far more powerful than it currently looks in its naked newborn state.
But Walt does make an (unintentional) point. Before GE can realize its promise he would need to master new file formats, a new way of visualizing information, and familiarity with a completely new browsing application. This means a learning curve. Flattening it is the job of this blog.