Links: Maker! Launched, GEH Mobile, Sharing 3DWH, Barcelona Google, Events map

  • Maker! LaunchedGeocommons Finder! is a service allowing people to upload and find datasets suitable for geospatial applications – like Google Earth. Most of the data visualizations support GE’s KML file format. During the past week, I had the opportunity to beta test the new Maker! service. The brand new GeoCommons Maker! service is now live and provides you with easy-to-use mechanisms to create useful maps, again including Google Earth maps. Read Sean Gorman’s announcement (CEO of GeoCommons). Also, Stefan Geens does an excellent job of summing up the importance of Maker!. I expect to see a lot of useful visualizations for Google Earth from this new service.

  • GEH Mobile – Google Earth Hacks has created a mobile version their site. Perfect if you want to view some unusual Google Earth satellite views on your iPhone. Mickey has culled his database to just those collections which are suitable for viewing on the mobile version of Google Maps. The service works very well – especially if you’re on a WIFI connection. Read Mickey’s announcement, or just go visit On a side note – Mickey also has created a map based on the TV show Amazing Race 13.

  • Sharing 3DWH – Google continues to evolve the 3D Warehouse to add additional social networking interfaces. Already we have seen many features like “reviews”, “ratings”, “comments”, etc. They have now enabled the ability to “share” 3D models. This new feature means you can work collaboratively on a 3D model with others and the “owner” can control which changes become permanent. They say you can even control who can edit, view, or even download your models. Read more about it at the SketchUp blog.

  • Barcelona Google Outreach – I got a press announcement that Google will be launching Google Earth Outreach in Spain on October 7th. In attendance from Google will be Outreach Director Rebecca Moore, and Director of GeoMarketing, Bernardo Hernandez. The announcement will be between 1600 and 1630 at: “Centro Internacional de Convenciones de Barcelona, Sala de Ruedas de Prensa, situada en el P1, room 111”.

  • Events Map – Got a notice from the author of Map Channels Events about his excellent mashup for showing music and sporting events with cool mapping technologies. You can view calandars of events, but more importantly you can view their locations in Google Maps and simultaneously view Street View imagery of the routes and locations themselves (in some cases). Brought to you by the same guy who did the excellent site which lets you embed StreetViews on your web sites: StreetCities. See a great review of the Map Channels Events on GoogleMapsMania.

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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