Links: Where 2.0, Weather Buoys, Argentina, Earthscape, MapMyPage, and more

With preparations of our upcoming five year sailing circumnavigation in full swing, I will sometimes get so occupied I can’t keep up with all the news. This past week I’ve missed on a few important bits of news, so here is a catchup post. Most of these were mentioned on OgleEarth during the past week – which also reports on Google Earth-related news.

  • Where 2.0 Call for Papers – Preparation for next year’s Where 2.0 event (May 19-21, 2009 in San Jose, California) have now reached the point where they have announced the call for papers.

  • Weather Buoys – Virgil Zetterlind has updated the weather buoy data available for one of the many weather layers available for boaters using Google Earth at the EarthNC site. The Google Earth Buoy observation file is updated hourly and provides access to over 500 active buoy and shoreline weather observations provided by the NOAA National Buoy Data Center.. The new layer is easily combined with existing EarthNC weather and charting features for Google Earth including NOAA Marine Forecasts, U.S. Airport Weather Observations, NOAA Voluntary Ship Weather Reports, NOAA ENC vector charts, and more. Click here to view in Google Earth.

  • Argentina Finally has Street Maps – Argentina finally has some detailed roads in Google Maps as of Monday this week. Gerardo (who lives there and performs the spanish translation for GEB) is thrilled. Several major cities are completed, with Buenos Aires being the most important (with half the population of Argentina living there). But, there are still some areas in the southern region with sparse road detail. It will probably be a few weeks or months before the roads make their way into Google Earth though.

  • Earthscape Fire Photos – Got a message from Tom Churchill over the weekend that some iPhone Earthscape users had taken photos of the California fires (including a firefighter) and posted them in Earthscape. Stefan wrote an excellent write-up about the photos and also how Earthscape’s market position has changed since iPhone Google Earth was released. Earthscape also releases KML files for users who post photos. Here is the firefighter’s photos you can view in GE. On-the-scene geotagged iPhone photos viewable in GE…a new form of news reporting?

  • MapMyPage – This new site is very fascinating to me. For a long time I’ve dreamed of geo-blogs which automatically tie into locations allowing you to view them in Google Earth/Maps. This site allows you to simply insert a small bit of javascript code into a page and it will automatically add location links to maps. Developer Brandon Bruce wrote me to tell me about how he even incorporates the GE plugin so you can get the full 3D experience of the mapping locations. But, I first read about this last week at Google Maps Mania.

  • NeoGeo Developer Jobs – FortiusOne is looking for a few good men/women geo-developers who can help them continue their noble goal of developing awesome mapping tools and continuing to add to the GeoWeb. Follow the link for more details.

  • CyberCity and Concept 3D Join Forces – Two of the leading Google Earth 3D model developers have joined forces to collaborate on even bigger 3D projects. Hopefully Google Earth will be populated with even more of their work. Both of these companies have been involved in a number of the biggest 3D model collections seen in Google Earth.

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. I like the concept of geoblogging too and used the Geopress plugin (for WordPress and Movable Type blogs) to turn my blog into a geoblog. You can now see my blog posts in Google Earth. More info here:

  2. Really exciting to hear about your upcoming sailing adventure, Frank–what an amazing experience that will be. And as always, thanks for the Where 2.0 Conference plug, we really appreciate it. (I’m just assuming you’ll be giving a presentation on the circumnavigation experience at Where 2.0 2013! :))

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