Links: Earth API Explained, Tour of 3D, Geography Lesson Plan, How NIN KML Was Done

  • Earth API Explained – During the Google I/O Conference last month, Google introduced the new Earth API and plugin. First, there was a talk by Michael Jones – see video – during the last half he introduced the new Earth API and plugin. There was another very important talk at Google I/O by Paul Rademacher – the guy who hacked the first Google Maps mashup called Housing Maps, and now works at Google. Paul is the guy who led the development effort for the Earth API. During his talk, he describe the thinking behind the API and how to use it. Thanks to a tip from Mike Pegg, I can now share Paul’s talk (1 hour):

  • Tour of 3D – An interesting addition at the Google 3D Warehouse. Google now has an Earth API version of their dynamic map showing the most recent, popular and highly rated 3D models at the Warehouse. It’s sort of a Twittervision for geo-located 3D models. Thanks to GEB reader Jan Wesbuer for the tip! By the way, they should also offer a version that lets you zoom in and see buildings added to the 3D Buildings layer in Google Earth.

  • Geography Lesson Plan – Richard Treves of the University of Southampton School of Geography has published a lesson plan which makes use of Google Earth to illustrate its points. You can download the PDF instructions of the plan, but I encourage you to read his post first which also includes links to KML files. Richard’s Google Earth Design blog is intended to help people think about the best ways to design KML and Google Earth presentations. Definitely worth reading if you are thinking about using Google Earth for educational lessons.

  • How NIN KML Was Done – The guys who developed the Nine Inch Nails visualization I wrote about last week, also got to do a guest post on Google’s new Geo Developer Blog talking about how they developed their new creation.

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. Thanks for the link and the kind words Frank, last week I also published a set of web based tutorials on Google Earth that your readers may find of interest:

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