A world of many globes

This is something I have been waiting to see since the Google Earth API was introduced a few years ago. The Earth Knowledge Virtual Globe is a project which is creating an application with a selection of data layers as an alternative to the layers offered by default in the Google Earth client. All the building blocks have been available for a while, alongside the Google Earth viewing api there is KML , an industry standard way of encoding and displaying geocoded data that can be authored and served by any organisation regardless of its size.

For Google it’s a real challenge trying to identify which of the approximately 2 billion KML files out there to include by default in the Google Earth Application, sites like the Earth Knowledge globe offer a partial solution allowing the development of thematic globes or globes publishing a single organisations data. Key of course to this scaling and providing universal access to this information is of course search, something we have dear to our hearts…

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