OpenForis a Google Earth based application

Last week we had a look at a tool called GE Grids that is based on the Google Earth API. Its basic function is to draw grids on satellite imagery and allows you to mark squares in the grid. This is useful for classifying land use based on satellite imagery.

Given that the Google Earth API has been deprecated and will likely be shut down sometime next year we wondered whether it was possible to do something equivalent to GE Grids entirely within Google Earth. To this end we investigated the features of Google Earth’s internal browser and were planning to experiment further to see what is possible.

However, we have discovered that it has already been done and there is an application called Collect Earth created by Open Foris a collaboration between a number of organisations, most notably Google Earth Outreach and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). Collect Earth is quite a bit more sophisticated than GE Grids and allows users to collect quite a lot of detail about a particular location. Its main functionality in the Google Earth part of it is enabled by utilising HTML and JavaScript in Google Earth popups.

We wouldn’t advise installing it unless you have a particular interest in either developing a Google Earth application or classifying imagery, as it is not straight forward to use. If you are a potential Google Earth developer, it is free and open source so well worth checking out.

You can also see short overview of what it is all about in the YouTube video below:

About Timothy Whitehead

Timothy has been using Google Earth since 2004 when it was still called Keyhole before it was renamed Google Earth in 2005 and has been a huge fan ever since. He is a programmer working for Red Wing Aerobatx and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.






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