Links: A Million Photos, Wii Jogging, Transportation, Argentina Roads, KML Contest, Ryder Cup

  • A Million Photos – The Panoramio photo layer in Google Earth (and Maps) now has 1 million more photos. Panoramio is working towards more frequent additions of photos uploaded to their service. It’s a great free service for sharing geotagged photos. And, it’s a great layer for seeing places from another perspective.

  • Wii Jogging – I saw this story and video by a guy in Japan who is using Street View and a Wii controller to jog through a city. The only problem is that Street View is a series of photos so you get “jerky” motion as you run. It occurs to me someone should use the Earth API and plugin and you could use the Wii to jog through a 3D city and look around as if you were there. You could also have a Street View window open as well.

  • Transportation Layer – The Transportation layer folder under the Places of Interest layer folder in Google Earth has new icons. They are all light blue and have the same style/color as seen in Google Maps. This layer folder contains things like world-wide airport locations, railroad tracks, ferry routes (in the US), and subyway/tram/bus stops or routes. Very handy layers.

  • Argentina Roads (Spanish) – Apparently Microsoft has beaten Google by getting some road maps for Argentina. Here’s their beta for Argentina Maps.

  • KML Contest – Google is conducting a KML in Research contest to “spur innovation and creativity in science and engineering”. I think this is a great idea. This is part of an educational outreach for science and engineering that also includes a Google Earth Conference to be held in Michigan on October 22nd and 23rd.

  • Ryder Cup – I missed sharing this while when it happened, but created some special content for the Ryder Cup golf competition. Included was a cool KML file that includes 3D trees to add realism to the Ryder Cup golf course.

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. the argentine roads on M$ doesn’t really work.
    i tried to enter a well known road, cabello, in the heart of Bs. As., and M$ livemaps failed miserably to find it!!!!

  2. When will google, if at all, release crowd sourcing for Ireland? I made a semi-detailed layer for the north east of the republic of Ireland, but this is nowhere near good quality.

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