Talks – Last week the GeoWeb conference was held in Vancouver. I had wanted to go, but other summer trips conflicted. Looks like there were some good talks and exhibits. Michael Jones (Chief Technology Advocate at Google and one of the founders that developed Google Earth), gave another keynote this year (link to last year’s talk). Spatial Sustain has a good summary of Michael’s talk this year, and you can watch the first 10 minutes of the talk here. Also, I recommend watching Peter Batty’s talk on the future of location based social networking. He shows some excellent time-based Google Earth visualizations from his whereyougonnabe social network. You can see excerpts from other talks from GeoWeb here.
Boat slips – Since I’m into boating, I had to mention this one. Got an E-mail from the folks at DockMarket.net who have recently launched an online marketplace to do location-based adverts for boat slips. You can either look for boat slips, or post your own slip. There are only a few slips so far, but he’s making good use of mapping. Not only can you search for slips with Google Maps, but there’s also a Google Earth network link to check out the slips.
Trails.com – This site has been around for quite some time for helping folks find and share good hiking trails. They have quite an archive of available trail information and in order to fully use it, you need a subscription. Trails.com has just announced they have added social networking elements to their site. And yes, they do make use of Google Earth – you just have to have a subscription (or join the 14 day trial) to see it.