Links: Obama Journey, Thematic Google, Street View Australia, SketchUp Contest, Google Ocean

[UPDATE 0800 17-Dec: I accidentally left off the link about Google Ocean. It has now been added].
I’ve been doing a bunch of traveling with limited Internet access (moving our sailboat south for the winter). So I’ve taken a bit longer than usual to get posts up. Here’s a round up of some interesting news over the last few days.

  • Obama Journey – Someone named Virender Ajmani created some cool maps for Barack Obama (and McCain) a while back. He’s now converted Barack Obama’s Life Journey into a Google Earth plugin map. This is a really great example of how Google Earth makes flying around a travel journal very interesting. via Google Maps Mania

  • Thematic Google – Bjorn Sandvik has appeared in GEB several times for his innovative application of Google Earth for data visualizations. He’s been working on a master’s thesis involving the use of thematic mapping and using KML. He recently got invited to present his work at the Googleplex. In his post, Bjorn shares his slides and indicates the talk may appear online at some point (I’ll link to the video when it goes live). Congrats Bjorn! It was certainly nice of Google to invite him out. Bjorn has done some great work with KML. See a post here about his Thematic Mapping Engine.

  • Street View Australia – Street View imagery has been expanded in Australia. Google has added new streets in Darwin, Geelong and remote parts of the Northern Territory. via Google Maps Mania.

  • SketchUp Contest – Google has announced a new SketchUp contest on the Official Google Blog called the “first annual Google SketchUp Gingerbread House Design Competition”. This contest is just for a little holiday fun. So, no special prizes. Read the post for more details.

  • Google Ocean – Gerardo Paz, known as ‘Gerardo64’ at the GEC – and the GEB spanish translator, forgot to tell me he had found a cool program which might just give us a peak at what Google Ocean might be like – if it were to ever be released by Google. Gerardo found a program called COVE which shows colorful 3D renderings of ocean bathymetry and shared it at the GEC.

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. What about Google Ocean. It was mentioned in the subject but cannot find information about it in the body. Thank’s ahead!

  2. And Google Ocean?

  3. I thought there was a section in this post about Google Ocean.

  4. Okay, tell us about Google Ocean – it’s in your title but where’s the beef? Is the info embargoed?
    I kind of figured Google Ocean would be revealed at AGU – even thought about blogging that thought last week, but decided there wasn’t much point in speculating without any inside info.

  5. Keene Haywood says:

    For Mac users trying out COVE – Be sure to keep the unzipped COVE folder at the root level of your Applications Folder. If you put it into a sub-folder the app may have trouble loading the imagery and you’ll end up with a black screen. Keeping the folder at the root level should enable to the app to run just fine. Its a teasing precursor to Google Ocean…just a taste of what be next.

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