Google Maps has added some cool new formats to their API, KML and GeoRSS. Currently, they support points, lines, polygons, styles, icons, and network links (without view-based refresh) in the KML files, and they will be adding ground overlays, screen overlays, folders, and visibility soon. More information can be found in the Google Maps API documentation. So now you can create a KML file using Google Earth and load it up in Google Maps, so you can see exactly where they are.
To start we now support GeoRSS as a data format for geographic content in Google Maps. We want to enable users to create data in whatever format is most convenient for them, and feel that by supporting both KML and GeoRSS we can enable a wider variety of people and applications to contribute content to Google Maps. We’ve built support for the Simple, GML, and W3C Geo encodings of GeoRSS — all you have to do is enter the full URL of a GeoRSS file into the Maps query box to load the file. For example, take a look at SlashGeo’s GeoRSS on Google Maps.
Most importantly, we’ve extended support for displaying geographic data — both KML and GeoRSS — into the Google Maps API. Now in addition to programatically adding content to a Maps API site, you can create your content as KML or GeoRSS and load it into the Map with a simple function call. This means that the more than 1 million KML files that are available from all over the web can easily be mashed up with the map on your site. For example, you can add some vacation photos from Japan with the following code:
var gx = new GGeoXml(“http://kml.lover.googlepages.com/my-vacation-photos.kml”);
This makes it easier for API sites to maintain content in a flexible format that can be accessed via the API or in a number of other tools directly, and makes it simpler to create a rich API site with declarative content, instead of a lot of code. Source: KML and GeoRSS Support Added to the Google Maps API
The O’reilly Radar site, says this will help KML become an OGC standard, and they expect Google to soon accept GeoRSS as a layer, and that they will probably start showing up in Google Earth’s web search.
Additionally, KML is on its way to becoming an OGC standard (and as you can see from this Slashgeo poll it’s a popular idea). It’s great for them to begin accepting this other OGC standard as they begin that process.
I expect this means that GeoRSS will be accepted as a Google Earth layer soon and that GeoRSS will start showing up in Google Earth’s Web Search. This would provide even further incentive content sites to join the likes of Flickr (as an aside compare with Flickr’s map feature with a Google Map consuming the same feed – I think Flickr’s is cleaner, but it does not have Google’s flexibility) and Upcoming by exporting in GeoRSS (as if today’s announcement wasn’t enough). WordPress bloggers can start using the GeoPress plugin (Radar post) right away (I already do on the Ignite Seattle blog — it’s very easy to use). Source: Google is Supporting GeoRSS
Lots of stuff coming out for Google Earth lately, be sure to check some of the other articles below.
It must be Google Earth day around here, lots of interesting stuff I have found so far today. Download Google Earth by clicking this link,
Skypilot has integrated SkyControl with Google Earth mapping service, and using the GPS positioning capabilities they can provide automatic and dynamic mesh network visualization, which means they can actually see which nodes are functioning, etc, so they can see power outages, and much more. This will also allow them to visualize all of the networks before they actually install them, so they can be sure of complete coverage. Here is the press release.
Here is what they had to say at GigaOm has to say,
Indian network operator LifeStyle Networks relied on Google Earth to plot and rollout a 20 square kilometer network for 500,000 residents in Mumbai using Strix hardware, according to Light Reading (LifeStyle plans to cover the rest of the city in 6 months). The company used Google Earth to decide where the radios should be placed so that the whole city could be covered with a signal, and then used GPS-based location data of the hardware to create an online network map over Google Earth.
The article says the company can feed info from Strix?s network management software into Google Earth to see the details of the connections of the nodes ? if they?re live and if any radios are not operating correctly. Source: Google Earth Meet Wi-Fi Mesh
Meraki, who use Google Maps for it’s dashboard management tools, says you can just enter it into Google Maps to see your network, and they are going to allow you to see your network in real time by exporting that data into Google Earth in the next release. That would be some pretty cool Google Earth Layers.
If you haven’t looked around there is all kinds of stuff available for Google Earth, Google has some great tutorials, help, support, forums and more. I’m going to list as many as I can here, if you know of a good resource for Google Earth, drop it in a comment and I will add it to this post. Download Google Earth by clicking this link, to get the latest version of Google Earth.
Google Earth Tutorials from Google:
Navigating on the Earth
Here is the Google Earth User Guide, which lists everything you can do while using Google Earth.
The Google Earth FAQ This is the list of frequently asked questions.
Having trouble with Google Earth? Google Earth troubleshooting.
Check out the huge Google Earth Community from keyhole.
You can check out the Using Google Earth Blog.
And you can check out everything we have posted about Google Earth and all of the Google Earth Layers we have listed.
Google has some new and some updated layers for Google Earth, and they are already in Google Earth, top that. If you really haven’t explored Google Earth, you can find some great content that is already there waiting for you by browsing through some of the available layers and other cool stuff they have listed there. Download Google Earth by clicking this link,
A new folder called “Global Awareness” under “Featured Content”:
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Conservation Projects
Appalachian Mountaintop Removal
New Zealand Roads
National Geographic expanded content: now includes Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, Poles
Updated content in:
Geographic Web: Wikipedia
Geographic Web: Best of Google Earth Community
Featured Content: Yelp Reviews
Featured Content: Tracks4Africa
Populated Places, Islands and Borders
Google Earth Community
Digital Globe Source: New and Updated Layers – 10th March 2007
Here are all of our articles tagged Google Earth and Google Earth Layers.
We just added some more Google Earth Videos, including a sunbather, fires, another bad day on Google Earth, plane crashes and more. Download Google Earth from here,
Google has been asked, a couple times now, to remove the name Mount Hitler and leave it’s original name of Heigelkopf in their virtual earth program, Google Earth, download it now and see for yourself by clicking on the following link.
The mayor of a small town in Germany on Thursday called on Google Earth to delete a reference to a nearby “Mount Hitler” from its geographic image service, saying it was misleading.
Andreas Wiedemann, mayor of Bad Toelz, south of Munich, said the peak near the Bavarian town had been known as Mount Hitler for a short time during the Third Reich but had been given back its original name of Heigelkopf after World War Two. Source: Google Earth urged to remove “Mount Hitler” name
Google Earth is displaying both names and has apparently been doing so for a few years, a Google Germany spokesman, Stefan Keuchel, said it had appeared due to a “technical accident”. Must be their version of Hey y’all, watch this!
A patent infringement suit was dismissed this week, Skyline Software Systems Inc. said that the Google Earth mapping software of Google’s Keyhole Inc. infringed Skyline patents, with the Judge saying that Google Earth does not try to render views of Earth’s terrain, but uses it’s own fly-through, 3d software.
A U.S. judge ruled that Google Inc.’s 3D modeling software, which gives Web users an astronaut’s view of the earth and allows them to zoom down to street level, does not infringe the patent of a rival.
The judge also denied motions from both parties on whether the patents in question were valid, but left the possibility for either party to reassert these issues if they do so before April 20. He canceled a planned trial date set for June. Source: Google Earth patent infringement suit dismissed
Google aquired Keyhole in October 2004 and renamed their product to Google Earth.
Here is a funny video about Google Earth. Name one person who doesn’t look up their address first to see if they can see where they live. Download Google Earth by clicking this link, where you can get Google Earth and loads of other free programs, and then look at satellite images of your house or address, straight from space.
Is this one of those duh huh moments for Google? They have finally given us the ability to search the Google Earth program itself for KML files. KML is a file format used to display geographic data in the Google Earth browser. KML uses a tag-based structure with nested elements and attributes and is based on the XML standard. This is great new feature. After you search, it displays the results in the left panel and you can click away until your hearts content, or you can search for something else. Click the following link to grab Google Earth and many other free programs from Google.
Search is at the heart of everything we do here at Google. That’s why I’m excited to announce a new innovation in search available today in Google Earth. Users can now search through all of the world’s Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files, making the millions of Google Earth layers on the Web instantly accessible for geobrowsing and exploration. Last month, we encouraged you, our Maps API users, to create KML site maps for your mashups. Today’s launch is the next step towards making those sitemaps – and all of the world’s geographic information – discoverable by users worldwide.
To try it out, just start up Google Earth, zoom to a location of interest, and type in a search query. For example, go to New Zealand, and search for “Lord of the Rings.” You’ll see the KML results below the local results in the search panel on the left hand side. Source: Search for KML in Google Earth
You can even type a location and then search for something special around that area, such as Hawaii and Volcano, or Rome and Coliseum, and then scroll down to the KML results, then click a green sphere and the link from the bubble that opens, to see the KML file, if there is one available.
The latest version of Google Earth has come out of beta, version 4 has added higher-quality terrain data for many mountainous regions, they have added support for textured 3D buildings, which just means that bricks look like bricks and glass looks like glass, giving it a more real world look. This is just the latest step in bringing you a true 3D world model of planet Earth. Download the latest version of Google Earth by clicking this link
Google Earth is much more than just a mapping software. It’s a tool for viewing, creating and sharing location-specific information which can be explored in an interactive and visually intuitive interface. Below are examples KML (Google Earth file format) files created by users and organizations around the world, viewable in Google Earth.
United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) includes successive time-stamped images illustrating 100 areas of extreme environmental degradation around the world.
Discovery Networks World Tour enables you to take a virtual tour of major world landmarks, cities, and natural wonders through Google Earth.
Jane Goodall Institute you can visit Flirt and the other Gombe preserve chimpanzees and follow their daily exploits with the Institute’s “geo-blog” in Google Earth.
National Geographic this features articles, pictures, live webcams and more around the world from National Geographic.
Tracks 4 Africa – Community generated map data across part of Africa along with photographs and interesting snippets about various places.
Spotlight on Africa – Flags and snippets of information about the 53 sovereign nations of Africa
Rumsey Historical Maps – Historical maps around the world spanning from year 1680 to 1892, including a Map of Africa from 1787.
European Space Agency More satellite imagery of beautiful places and phenomena around the world .
Here are some of the KMZ files you can click on to open special content in Google Earth.
Panormino A huge collection of shared photos from around the world.
Earth Booker Global discounts on hotels.
CBS Seismic Monitor Display of real-time, worldwide earthquakes.
Placeopedia Collection of Wikipedia articles with their places.
Booking.com European hotel reservation service.
Google 3D Warehouse 3D buildings and other 3D content created and shared by Google Sketchup users.
NASA Blue Marble Animation showing complete view of the Earth for every month of the year.
London Growth 3D models showing a timeline of the 60 tallest structures built since 1950s in London.
Geography Awareness Quiz How much do you know about Africa? Test yourself with an interactive Google Earth quiz from My Wonderful World.
Wirefly X PRIZE Cup 2006 See the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup site in 3D on Google Earth, as well as landmarks of space-exploration.
Da Vinci Code Tour Real-life locations of note described in a little-known, obscure book/movie called “the Da Vinci Code”.
Discovery Discovery Channel video tours of landmarks, cities, national parks, and scenic wonders.
Turn Here Free city video guides for travel, restaurants, hotels, local events and music.
Gombe Chimpanzee Follow the life of chimpanzees and conservation efforts in Gombe National Park, Tanzania.
And many more Google Earth Layers available from around the web. Download Google Earth by clicking this banner
Added: Just wanted to make sure everyone remembered they could use Google Earth to show thier kids where Santa was on Christmas eve. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas.
Here is a great new layer for Google Earth, you can find presents hidden all over the Google Earth program, and you can track Santa Claus on December 24th with it. How cool is that? Now you won’t have to look at some stupid radar screen with a dumb outline of Santa’s sleigh on the evening news, now you can actually track Santa Claus kids!
First, you need to download Google Earth by clicking this link, , Google Earth comes as part of the Google Pack, with loads of other software, you can select or de-select whichever ones you want, then you need to get the kml file here. More detailed instructions are available here.
Hello boys and girls. Ready to find some toys? Santa has hidden a treasure trove of presents somewhere in Google Earth (actually, it was a few of his elves, but you get the idea) . Every day from December 12th until Christmas Eve, a clue will appear outside Santa’s North Pole workshop which, if you can solve it, will lead you to a toy hidden in a Google Earth satellite image. And every day, the location of the previous day’s toy will be revealed.
On December 24th, Santa will load his sleigh, take the reins and soar into the skies, delivering presents to good children all over the world. And now you can follow his fabled flight. First, you must download the latest version of Google Earth. Then download the Santa Tracker/Toy Hunt file. You’re done! [tag]Google Earth[/tag] will automatically refresh each day. What are you waiting for? Source: Google
This looks really cool, I will have to get some hot chocolate so the kids and I can bask in the glow of our computer monitors while we watch Santa head our way. Find other layers by clicking here Google Earth Layers.
Google just updated their blog, with this post,
As you know, every Christmas Eve Santa Claus gets busy on his tricked-out sleigh, soaring around the globe to deliver presents to (presumably deserving) children the world over. This year, even if you don’t have a reindeer team of your own, you can use the Google Earth Santa Tracker.