Links: Geo Hackathon, Bhuvan Launched, China-India Error

  • Seattle Geo Hackathon – On September 3rd, Google is holding a Geo Hackathon in Seattle. Google Maps/Earth API, KML, and more can be used. Follow the link for details.

  • Bhuvan Launched – India’s space agency ISRO announced their own 3D virtual globe called “Bhuvan”. The application reportedly runs in your browser, uses satellite imagery from India’s own satellites, and they claim has even higher resolution data than Google Earth. Unfortunately, their servers have been inundated and many people haven’t been able to use the application yet. See this news report (notice the comments describing the troubles). Also, here is a news video announcing the new product. It’s interesting how all the news stories compare the Bhuvan to Google Earth.

  • China-India Error – As mentioned a few days ago, Google made a mistake with a database update to Google Maps marking areas of a disputed region in India with alternate Chinese labels. Google explains the mistake publicly on a post at the LatLong Blog.

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. Can we use this Bhuvan or what? I wana see how hi is res there.

  2. if u are unable to connect isro site download bhuvan from here

  3. Forgot to mention this is actually just a “branded” version of SkylineGlobe, use their TerraExplorer Architecture.

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