Geograph.org.uk has a straightforward mission: “collect a geographically representative photograph for every square kilometre of the British Isles“. This is not such a simple objective to accomplish. But, thanks to a free and open setup, the help of hundreds of photographers, and an interesting mission, they are well on their way to achieving their objective. Look at my previous article in October of 2005 and compare the map photos. The red represents the areas with photos. In fact, over 50% of their objective has been achieved – over 360,000 photos. That’s a lot of photos! Barry Hunter has updated the network link to allow people to peruse the Geograph data inside Google Earth. This new layer is much superior because it takes advantage of GE 4’s ability to show levels of detail (a feature in KML called “Regions“). As you zoom in, more information is pulled in. If you zoom in really close, it will load icons showing the photos themselves. (NOTE: once you see the camera icons, and zoom in closer – it may take a few seconds to load the photos). The screenshot here shows the London Eye. This is a very cool concept, and the network link really makes it easier to see the data. Here is the web page Barry prepared explaining the network link. Thanks Barry!