Become a GE Explorer – The Sightseer announced a new Google Earth Explorer program to teach tips and tricks on using GE. You play a game which is designed to help you learn more about what Google Earth can do. If you successfully make it to the end of the program, you can call yourself a “Google Earth Explorer”. I completed the game, and it does a good job of teaching many interesting features of GE. But, I think Google should offer some kind of prize at the end – right now it just says “Congratulations” for becoming a Google Earth Explorer.
California Wildfires – The annual wave of California fires has begun. Once again, you can find Google Maps to help see the location and status of fires. These maps have helped save lives, helped people with evacuations, aided firefighters and other emergency workers, and helped keep people informed.
European Map Maker – Google’s Map Maker program has been extended to more European countries. Map Maker enables you to make modifications to Google’s maps by using software to allow you to make edits or contribute data. Map Maker is now available in 170 countries. Once the data is verified, it eventually makes its way into Google Earth and Google Maps.