MIT’s Technology Review – Google Earth Becoming a Standard

MIT Technology Review on Google EarthWade Roush writes an article at MIT’s Technology Review about the explosion of new geographically annotated data on the Internet and how Google Earth’s KML is becoming a de facto standard for sharing geo-referenced information. He interviewed Google Earth Blog for the story. The story comments on how the Google Earth Community and many thousands of people are publishing all kinds of useful geo-referenced data, and many applications are now supporting KML. He also points out how Google is using its new “Featured Content” layer to showcase some excellent examples of geo-referenced information uniquely suited to Google Earth’s abilities. I found it interesting how he picked up on a small part of our interview when I commented that Microsoft may someday release its own competition for Google Earth in the form of a 3D virtual earth.

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. t carroll says:

    I just downloaded the latest version Google Earth Plus 4.3.7284.3916 (beta) and the navigation control movements are very jerky when moving from one place to another. Also the movement is too fast and jerky when using the navigation arrows. The previous version was very smooth and gave the sensation of flying when moving from place to place. I hope Google Earth will fix this problem and go back to the smooth, slower navigation tools.

  2. I have get more ideas from this blog…….and more knowledge.Thanks google earth blog…

  3. Google earth is a great source of mapping for every department or company. Now it is becoming a standard for everyone.

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