Google Launches Earth and Maps Blog, Talk Geoweb

Google has created another blog, this time for Google Earth and Google Maps, called Google Lat Long Blog, and they are talking about the Geoweb.

So… what is the “geoweb”? Some people will scratch their heads and call it buzzword proliferation. Others, including Mike Liebhold, who has a long history of thinking and writing about this area, have a very well defined notion of what they believe it is (or should be). I don’t think that there is agreement on what the geoweb is, but I think there is a lot of enthusiasm and energy across many fronts to make it happen. I expect the “it” will evolve substantially over the next few months and years as we (the geo ecosystem on the web) collectively figure out how “earth browsers,” embedded maps, local search, geo-tagged photos, blogs, the traditional GIS world, wikis, and other user-generated geo content all interrelate. Those of us who work on geo products and services at Google believe we have an opportunity to make the web more useful — and ultimately, to improve people’s lives through better information and understanding. Source: A new world unfolding

One searcher at a time…

A new feature called geo search, gives users the ability to search all kinds of geographical information and makes it possible for people to discover these maps through normal “local” searches simply by clicking on the “see user-created content” link. Looks pretty cool.

A company from California has created software that will allow creators, etc, to layer sounds in Google Earth. The firm is already in talks with Google, smart, but no official agreement has been made.

As well as homing in on visual feasts around the globe, users of Google Earth may soon be able to listen to the sounds that accompany them.
A Californian company has created software that can layer relevant recorded sounds over locations in Google Earth, New Scientist reports. Source: Sounds bring Google Earth to life

An example of a use they mentioned was people are talking about selective logging and how is was a good way of not harming the environment, but, even though the images are the same, the sounds coming from the natural world is completely different.

Be sure to check out the Google Earth Layers, Google Pack from which you can download Google Earth, click this link, Google Earth Search to search for everything relating to Google Earth and click this link to download Google Earth here