News Roundup – GeoRSS, Discovery, Workshop, City Life

  • GeoRSS in Google EarthGeo Blog GeoRSS in Google Earth – this link will let you see the locations of stories from a number of Geo-related blogs based on automated processing of locations from their RSS feeds. In other words, the program looks for names of locations mentioned in stories and georeferences the blog entry. You can click on a placemark (if it figures out a location) to read the RSS feed of the blog entry. Includes Google Earth Blog, OgleEarth, Google Blog, and others. See the post by Valery35. Similar to NewsGlobe, but better.
  • Discovery Channel Placemarks – The Discovery channel has added a few more placemarks covering more of the world with quality links to multimedia content. See original story.
  • Richard Treves (who did some excellent online Google Earth tutorials earlier this year) is conducting a Google Earth workshop at Keele University (UK) from 4-7 September as part of the Society of Cartographers Summer School.
  • Dr. Hudson-Smith, at his DigitalUrban blog, has published a video showing experimentation with placing real building models in the City Life 3D rendering engine. City Life is a game, it is not based on reality (no aerial photography), but it is a fun looking world to experience – and is now available to view for free. The video at Digital Urban is fun to watch – he points out that combining the interfaces of Google Earth, City Life, and Second Life would be a killer application. I agree!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. There’s a delicious irony about the image that accompanies this post. Kudos to Frank for his self-deprecating sense of humor.
    What am I talking about? Well, yesterday’s post about a series of Hawaiian lava flows originally misidentified their source volcano as Mauna Loa (as did the source) – in fact, they derive from Kilauea. To his credit, Frank corrected the text of his post yesterday afternoon. Today’s featured network link georeferences blog posts about Google Earth – a wonderful idea. Ironically, however, Frank uses an image from this network link that incorrectly georeferences his corrected post to Mauna Loa, rather than Kilauea. D’oh!!! A sublime way to point out both the power and weakness of this new network link… well done! 😉

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