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  • Ask what kind of audience: How many are developers? Have you considered using GE to deliver Geospatial content? How many have developed GE applications? Plugin? Tours? KML? How many have read Google Earth Blog? :-) Anyone here have an application they want to develop and discuss as part of this workshop? If not, we’ll make some apps on the fly.
  • A lot of progress since GE first released - especially with GE 5. I know I sound like just a “fan boi”, but I’m practicing what I preach with the Tahina Expedition Talk about TAHINA EXPEDITION
  • Mention Richard Treves’ Google Earth Design blog
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    1. 1. Extending Google Earth By Frank Taylor [email_address] Google Earth Blog (Gearthblog.com)
    2. 2. Purpose <ul><li>Discuss how Google Earth can be used as more than just a geo browser (not just for looking at your house) </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate a variety of examples </li></ul><ul><li>Provide developer tips </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul><ul><li>Make some Tours / Plugins </li></ul>
    3. 3. Google Earth - a “Geo”spatial visualization platform <ul><li>Google Earth is rich in 3D graphics, content, features, and extendability </li></ul><ul><li>GE is really a visualization platform </li></ul><ul><li>The platform is widely distributed - provides a great opportunity for reaching audiences </li></ul><ul><li>Often very complex visualizations can be viewed - GE is user friendly </li></ul><ul><li>More than just Geo (Mars, Sky, and more) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Google Earth Platform <ul><li>Most people don’t realize the full extent of the GE capabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Combine the capabilities with the reach, and there is good reason to keep this platform in mind for many applications </li></ul>
    5. 5. Extendability of Google Earth <ul><li>KML/Network Links, Time Animation, Historical Imagery, polygons, lines, 3D, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Adding your own content: imagery, layers </li></ul><ul><li>COM API (before the plugin) </li></ul><ul><li>Off-line Use / Caching </li></ul><ul><li>GE Pro, Enterprise, SketchUp </li></ul><ul><li>Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Last, but not least: GE Plugin </li></ul>
    6. 6. KML - Don’t overlook <ul><li>KML is powerful itself - few people fully take advantage of what KML offers. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples: Network links, lines, polygons, 3D, time animation, regioning, PhotoOverlays, FadeExtent, time animation, ScreenOverlays, historical imagery, etc. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Example KMLs <ul><li>ScreenOverlays - F-16 cockpit by Gerardo Paz </li></ul><ul><li>US Flights by James Stafford </li></ul><ul><li>London Eye Shadow by James Stafford </li></ul><ul><li>EarthNC real-time chartplotting with GPS </li></ul>
    8. 8. Google Earth Plugin/API <ul><li>The API was announced a year ago </li></ul><ul><li>Major progress since last year, lots of interesting applications coming out </li></ul><ul><li>Again, great untapped potential </li></ul><ul><li>Resources at: http://code.google.com/apis/earth </li></ul><ul><li>Examples… </li></ul>
    9. 9. Example plugins <ul><li>Show KML files (some limitations) </li></ul><ul><li>Allow people to create KML content through a browser: EarthSwoop </li></ul><ul><li>Paraglider Sim by Dan Hohman </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time satellite debris by James Stafford </li></ul><ul><li>Ships Simulator by Paul van Dinther ( video review ) </li></ul>
    10. 10. Tips on Tours <ul><li>Tours are an amazing new capability - part of GE 5 and supported by the Plugin </li></ul><ul><li>Enables fantastic visualization capabilities, almost scripting - much untapped potential </li></ul><ul><li>Supports smooth movements, multiple streams of audio (music and narration) </li></ul><ul><li>You can synchronize audio with recorded tour </li></ul><ul><li>Need for GUI for editing tours (developers?) </li></ul><ul><li>Combined with plugin - big future </li></ul>
    11. 11. Example Tours <ul><li>Jimmy Buffet Concert Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Combining Tours and plugins </li></ul><ul><li>Ira Flatow Mars Tour </li></ul><ul><li>Swiss Alps synchronized with YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Tahina 3D Tour </li></ul>
    12. 12. Extending GE into Revenue generation <ul><li>Variety of consulting opportunities, content creation, software, and more </li></ul><ul><li>You can use the plugin to place ads around GE content now </li></ul><ul><li>Theoretically you can place ads in KML - Google is doing it now. </li></ul><ul><li>I expect to see more ad-based revenue </li></ul>
    13. 13. Mix and mash <ul><li>Future developments: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>More combinations of sophisticated KML, Tours, advanced plugins, mashups with other GeoWeb tools in placemarks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expect to see more visualizations of real-time information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More social networking apps tapping into GeoWeb visualization </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Even more data visualizations with thematic styles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More simulations! </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Resources for Learning <ul><li>Google Earth Blog (gearthblog.com) </li></ul><ul><li>http://code.google.com/apis/kml/ </li></ul><ul><li> http://code.google.com/apis/earth/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://bbs.keyhole.com (community) </li></ul><ul><li>http://groups.google.com/group/kml-support (forums) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Outreach http://earth. google .com/outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Google I/O </li></ul>
    15. 15. Q&A and more <ul><li>Discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Tour and Plugin development </li></ul>