iCommunity.TV – News with Google Earth Location

iCommunity.TV youtube news in Google EarthA new service called iCommunity.TV has been launched which combines video content posted at YouTube, Google Maps and Earth, and input from people around the world to tell the news. They are calling it a “collaborative broadcast network for local news, built with the intention to promote video as a media for citizen reporting“. You can view various “channels” or create custom channels (or filters) for subjects or locations you are interested in. Each video or channel is georeferenced and shown with a Google Map, or you can download a “KML” to view the location of the news in Google Earth. The channels are network links and can be saved for future viewing in GE. You can also get RSS feeds for the same information. Here is an example of the Politics Channel in Google Earth.
Free registration allows you to become a news editor and upload and edit your own content. Once you are at the iCommunity.TV site you can watch the news videos, read or make comments, rate the news item, get an RSS feed, etc. I found the concept pretty interesting, and mapping the news makes it more interesting. Supporting Google Earth as well is a smart move too. Thanks to GEB reader Chris Haller from Berlin, Germany – who created the project – for telling me about it. PS Chris tells me he is moving to Denver now.

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. just plain mike says:

    The plateau in the state of Oregon located at the intersection of US 395 and state route 31 is the Abert Plateau, not Albert. It was named by J.C. Fremont for Army Colonel Abert, back in 1840-something.

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