Links: UK Street View Spring?, Gaza Strip Map, Archeaology trip, iPhone GE tips

  • UK Street View Spring? – According to this TechRadar post, Google will be releasing Street View in the UK this Spring. No official word on this. Thanks to a tip from GEB reader Jacob.

  • Gaza Strip Map – Stefan at OgleEarth has taken a map produced by UNOSAT of the current Gaza Strip battle and overlayed it in Google Earth to add better context. You can view it in Google Earth here .

  • Archaeology Trip – Stefan went on a special tour to archaeological sites not normally visited by foereigners in middle-Egypt. He used a GPS to track the entire trip and took lots of geotagged photos. He explains in detail the tools he used to create a Google Earth file sharing the entire trip.

  • iPhone Google Earth Tips – Stefan continues comments on his archaeological trip by describing how he used the iPhone Google Earth application while examining the sites. One of the nice features of GE (including the iPhone version) is that it caches imagery. So, even though the sites had poor (or expensive) Inernet access, he simply loaded the imagery for each site the night before (while at hotels with free WIFI) and used iPhone GE while they visited the sites the next day. He also used the iPhone to take screenshots for certain views to speed up the ability to view (without having to load the app). Great tips!

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  1. Google Germany PR Stefan Keuchel confirmed in October that Street View will launch in Germany in Spring, too.
    See German Post: http://www.googlewatchblog.de/2008/10/21/stefan-keuchel-google-street-view-in-deutschland-kommt-im-fruehjahr-2009/

  2. It is a good thing Stefan didn’t get caught as Egypt is one of the few countries to completely BAN the use of GPS by anyone other than the military.
    http://www.ogleearth.com/2008/10/egypts_gps_ban.html

  3. Street View UK
    Watch out for an outburst on the “surveillance society” and privacy violation in the ‘red top’ press and elsewhere. This may also be fueled by the fact that the UK Government is repprtedly due to begin consultation on the setting up of a database recording all electronic communication – e-mail, phone, and web browsing – contracted out to a private company.

  4. Pascal, the article announcing the Germany Street View launch for 2009 was published a few weeks before this one: http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/16/technology/google17.php
    Street View for Germany (or Switzerland) may never happen, and that may unfortunately be the same story for Switzerland.

  5. smokeonit says:

    Claudia: that article your refer to is bullocks!
    germany has a very clear law about public psace and photography!
    german: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panoramafreiheit
    english: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panoramafreiheit
    so all those “reports” about google having to scrap street view in europe is poorly done journalism!
    so germany WILL get SV for sure!

  6. Smokeonit, I’m glad to hear the German official quoted in this article is misinformed that merely taking the Street View photos is a violation of German data privacy laws. I hope that means those of us who want to will be virtually cruising certain German streets come springtime.
    I loved the quote in this last paragraph, though: “The data protection agencies tend to be extreme,” said Peter Heinzmann, chief executive of a Swiss company that makes software for Web cameras called CN Lab. “But most people are voluntarily giving information to Google because they think the benefits outweigh the risks. So why restrict innovation?”

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