Links: Australia News, Map legends, Happiness, Worms, 4500 Webcams

  • Australia News – The Google Lat Long has announced availability of yet another news outlet for Google Earth. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) has launched ABC Earth, which promotes its Google Earth network link showing a variety of content from the ABC including: National News and video news updated every 5 minutes, stories from 50 Years of National and international News, Foreign Correspondent as well as Local Radio.

  • Map legends – Bjorn shows another great KML idea: generate map legends on the fly with image screen overlays. He uses a tool to generate images for the legends complete with text.

  • Happiness – Stefan at OgleEarth points us to the location of the happiest place on Earth (according to the BBC). It’s a small island in Vanautu called Metoma. Once again, the BBC should have included a KML link to the location in their story. I notice that the Google News layer hasn’t figured out the location either (yet).

  • WormsF-Secure talks about how they are using Google Earth to monitor the spread of worms, viruses, and spam. Google Earth is definitely a great tool for monitoring live events. There are many disaster centers around the world using it – and computer network disasters should definitely use it too.

  • 4500 Webcams – A member of the Google Earth Community named ‘ingooppe’ has posted a layer containing 4500 webcams from around the world from the web site. The layer uses regioning, so when you zoom in you see more placemarks. The placemarks, once opened, show you the current live webcam photo, and look professional. Definitely worth checking out.

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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