New Open Source libKML, New Street View Cities, API for SV

Lots of geo-spatial news from Google today! Here’s the scoops:

  • New Open source libKML – At their open source blog, Google has announced a new library designed to help programmers develop full KML 2.2 content. According to Michael Weiss-Malik the hope is that: “libkml will reduce the need for everyone to re-invent the wheel with a custom parser or serializer, by providing a single re-usable library that implements KML’s semantics.” The initial 0.1 preview release is available at It’s a C++ library that compiles and runs on multiple platforms. I think this is a great move which will help create even more support behind KML in the developer community. UPDATE: See Andrew Turner’s perspective on the announcement (which was made at the OGC committee meetign on KML today). He is also very positive on this move by Google.

  • New Street View Cities – Google has released 13 more cities with Street View imagery for Google Maps. Cities include: Albuquerque, NM; Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; Cleveland, OH; Fairbanks, AK; Little Rock, AR; Madison, WI; Nashville, TN; Rockford, IL; Richmond, VA; Spokane, WA; St. Petersburg, FL; Tampa, FL. Also, they have expanded coverage in Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and the San Francisco Bay Area. And. finally, as an interesting bonus they have done Streeet View for Yosemite National Park! See example here:

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  • Street View API – Google has also announced a Street View API at the Google Maps API blog. We should see some interesting new mashups with Street View panoramas in the coming days. via DigitalEarth Blog.

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. Great to see an API finally. Going to be fun playing with this. Hopefully someone will work out street-view in Google Earth.
    Also looks like Google is really gearing up for international street-view too. I saw this car in Japan last week:

  2. Is there ever going to be street view in Canadian cities?

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