News Roundup – France Censors, Flickr, Seabeds, Live tracking

  • France Censors – Stefan Geens of OgleEarth is back to writing his blog after a successful launch of the Second House of Sweden (a virtual embassy for Sweden inside Second Life). Stefan notes that France has managed to insert censored imagery in the new Google Earth satellite and aerial imagery which went out on Saturday. Stefan says they are using a similar technique to the censoring in the Netherlands. Here’s an example with an image overlay from Google Maps showing what an airpor looked like before it was censored (turn off the overlay – or use the transparency slider – to compare). Also, the Chinese version of Google Earth has censored imagery as well.

  • Flickr – Rev Dan Catt was the first to implement an interface for Google Earth for Flickr. Something which later had something to do with his getting a job at Yahoo. Now Dan has finally re-created KML links for Google Earth. Read about it at his blog Geobloggers which includes a history of his Flickr/GE project. Here’s a sample KML file showing how you can show photos for a specific tag – e.g lightning . Look at the URL for how to change the tag to whatever you want.

  • Seabeds – The UK’s Maritime Coast Guard Agency has released Google Earth files showing the coastal seabed surveys using colorized relief maps. Here’s a sample showing the Holm channel .

  • Live TrackingMagnalox has recently been adding the ability to show live tracking using PDAs, and now Simbian cell phones, to interface your GPS location. He has now enabled the ability to show your position with Magnalox (which supports many mapping interfaces including Google Maps and Google Earth). You can even insert a live-tracking Google Map into your own web page if you have a need. If you’re looking for a wide range of capabilities for a mapping application, Magnalox has some of the nicest features I’ve seen.

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. Tom Brandt says:

    When will the censors realize that it does little good to block out stuff on the web. In about 30 seconds I found a good satellite image of the airport near Augny, France. Here is the link:
    And it is a Google image!

  2. The censored layer thing does not seem to change anything.

  3. Re magnalox’ live tracking:
    There is a magnalox user who published his live tracked 4-day motorbike tour through the Alps (Germany, Swizerland, Austria, Italy).
    You can follow the trip online, more infos and map here:
    Most other users don’t publish their tracks.
    Have fun

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