New GeoSearch – In Google’s latest Sightseer newsletter, Google describes new features to their KML search – which they are calling Geo search. When you are searching for something other than just a place – e.g. rollercoasters, you can get user-generated results which come from files (including Google My Maps) people have posted somewhere on the Internet. The Geo searching now supports both KML and GeoRSS. So, things people have posted via GeoRSS (for example, blog posts or news articles tagged with location) will also be found when searching results. Also, search results now show details, including images, in the placemark descriptions. For an example, search for “chimpanzees in Tanzania” in the search for Google Earth, or Google Maps. Some of the results come from Jane Goodall’s Chimpanzee blog complete with photos and links.
GeoWeb 2007 – The conference – July 23-27 – now has a new blog. I wish they had picked different dates for this conference. I’ll be sailing in the Caribbean instead. But, there are some interesting speakers and workshops at this conference. Hopefully, the blogging will be thorough and I won’t miss too much.
Earthplot – FreeGeographyTools blog posts about the Earthplot tools which were released in the early days of Google Earth. These tools enabled features which at the time were not in the free version of Google Earth (such as line and polygon drawing). But, the tools are now at version 1.3, are free, and have some other neat features. One feature was from a tip I suggested to the author in 2005 which allows you to fly a path in Google Earth at altitude (i.e. you can follow a plane’s path at altitude). This feature uses the COM API in KML.
Environmental Data – OgleEarth discovers a huge collection of Google Earth KML environmental content from King’s College of London. These are complex KML files with tons of interesting data buried within them. The Amazon forest layer shows all kinds of information including imagery showing deforestation (logging) – which uses regionated KML to pull in higher resolution imagery. There is a huge list of KML files available for things all over the Earth.