[UPDATE 0800 17-Dec: I accidentally left off the link about Google Ocean. It has now been added].
I’ve been doing a bunch of traveling with limited Internet access (moving our sailboat south for the winter). So I’ve taken a bit longer than usual to get posts up. Here’s a round up of some interesting news over the last few days.
Obama Journey – Someone named Virender Ajmani created some cool maps for Barack Obama (and McCain) a while back. He’s now converted Barack Obama’s Life Journey into a Google Earth plugin map. This is a really great example of how Google Earth makes flying around a travel journal very interesting. via Google Maps Mania
Thematic Google – Bjorn Sandvik has appeared in GEB several times for his innovative application of Google Earth for data visualizations. He’s been working on a master’s thesis involving the use of thematic mapping and using KML. He recently got invited to present his work at the Googleplex. In his post, Bjorn shares his slides and indicates the talk may appear online at some point (I’ll link to the video when it goes live). Congrats Bjorn! It was certainly nice of Google to invite him out. Bjorn has done some great work with KML. See a post here about his Thematic Mapping Engine.
SketchUp Contest – Google has announced a new SketchUp contest on the Official Google Blog called the “first annual Google SketchUp Gingerbread House Design Competition”. This contest is just for a little holiday fun. So, no special prizes. Read the post for more details.
Google Ocean – Gerardo Paz, known as ‘Gerardo64’ at the GEC – and the GEB spanish translator, forgot to tell me he had found a cool program which might just give us a peak at what Google Ocean might be like – if it were to ever be released by Google. Gerardo found a program called COVE which shows colorful 3D renderings of ocean bathymetry and shared it at the GEC.