Outreach Showcase

Last summer Google announced with great fanfare, at their offices in New York, their new program called Google Earth Outreach. Outreach is designed to help non-profit organizations reach the public by creating Google Earth content to help more people understand the issues we face with the environment, social issues, natural resource management, and more.
A new team of people were being assigned to the new project, and the first thing we saw were the very useful set of web pages for Outreach which include sections for helping people design better Google Earth content. However, we haven’t seen much else from Outreach in the nearly six months since the announcement. This week they added a new layer called “Earth From Above” to the Global Awareness layer. I was particularly impressed that this layer was simultaneously released in several languages. The first time I believe this has been done. But, I had expected by now there were would be a flood of new Outreach-derived content. Maybe they’re going to wait for the start of the year?
Yesterday, Google announced a new Google Earth Outreach Showcase. There is already a Google Earth Gallery which includes many types of Google Earth content (including the type which I would classify as outreach). But, I guess they decided they needed a special showcase just for the Outreach-type content. Maybe this is a clue that a lot of new content is coming?

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.

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