News Roundup: My Maps/YouTube, Nokia N95, Census, Arc2Earth, Show-n-Tell

  • My Maps/YouTubeDigitalUrban has a demonstration of the new feature in MyMaps that lets you input YouTube (or GoogleVideo) videos in your placemark descriptions. I would like to see this capability added to Google Earth – although, as I’ve said, I really want the ability to put videos into GE 3D models – like you can in SecondLife. See the example here.
  • Nokia N95 – This new phone from Nokia has received a lot of attention in the gadget world. It has a nice combination of good quality built-in camera, phone features, MP3 capability, and – most importantly – a decent GPS. The GPS capability supports outputting tracks and waypoints to Google Earth. Andy at DigitalUrban has just bought one and posts about using it track a trip on a train (which you can see here in Google Earth ).
  • Census – If you are interested in more visualizations of the full census data available from the US like what we saw at gCensus, then there’s another blog to look at: Census KML Data Visualization. The blog’s author, Aidan Marcuss contacted me to let me know he has just released some interesting visualizations of Federal Election Commission data. He also is using county shape files and using them to indicate data with height and colors. In addition, he has started experimenting with comparing data using the time features in Google Earth. If you load the 109th and 110th Congress for New York you can use the time slider to compare between the two. You can also view some of these (when they aren’t too large) in Google Maps – see New York’s 109th Congress for example (without the 3D obviously).
  • Arc2Earth PublisherArc2Earth Publisher is now available for purchase (Regularly $999 – $699 thru May 15). This price may seem daunting, but this is the higher-end version of software enabling users of ESRI ArcGIS software to output sophisticated visualizations using public tools like Google Maps, Google Earth, Virtual Earth, etc. So, if you are a GIS professional, you should definitely check this out. Here is an example of outputting shaded relief data for the US in Google Maps.
  • Show-n-Tell – During the Association of American Geographers annual meeting next week in San Francisco, Alan Glennon has announced there will be a “Spatial Technology Gallery” showing off virtual globe and related technology – on April 18th. More details in his post.

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. hi frank
    just an fyi but there is a discount for Arc2Earth Publisher until May 15th, so you can pick it up right now for $699.

  2. Videos in google map placemarks is not new and you have blogged about this in the past :confused: whats new Frank?

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