Links: Outreach Birthday, Bullit Chase Scene, NIN Downloads, KMLWiki

  • Outreach Birthday – Google has mentioned the first birthday of the Google Earth Outreach program. This excellent program helps organizations leverage Google Earth/Maps and other Google products to get the word out about their causes. Many great layers like Crisis in Darfur, Appalachian Voices, and many others found in the Global Awareness layer folder came from the program. Being included in the Outreach program can have a profound effect to helping get global visibility on an issue. I attended the formal announcement of the Outreach program in New York last year.

  • Bullit Chase Scene – This is a really cool example of using Seero which lets you geo-locate a video dynamically and show the position on a map while the video is playing. There’s nothing like watching the most classic car chase scene and see where it takes place at the same time. Except, I’d like to see this done with the Earth plugin in 3D! (I’ve already sent Seero an E-mail).

  • NIN Downloads – The Nine Inch Nails band has published a Google Earth file showing the geographic distribution of the 1.4 million downloads of their latest album The Slip. I kind of like how they used what looks like red “nails” to represent the number of downloads for each location.

  • KMLWiki – Martin Meggle-Freund writes to let me know about his current project called KMLWiki. The idea is to let people share locations and write about them. He is now making use of the Google Earth plugin. The German version,, is more active and has more content. Kind of similar in some ways to EarthSwoop.

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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