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1 de Octubre 2006

Wikimapia Does Google Earth!

Wikimapia in Google EarthExciting news! A few months ago one of the most talked about (and most used) Google mapping applications was released under the name Wikimapia. Wikimapia is a tool which lets anyone mark something in the Google Maps satellite/aerial photos with a rectangle and then write about it and/or provide links to Wikipedia. Just like Wikipedia, it lets anyone edit the commentaries / descriptions. The interface is intuitive and clean. As soon as I first saw it, I sent an E-mail suggesting they create a Google Earth network link to show the same information. Well, Matt Jones just wrote to tell me they now have Wikimapia for Google Earth (see his blog entry). Try out the Wikimapia KML network link and you will be able to zoom in and see Wikimapia areas in Google Earth for your current view. The more you zoom in, the more you see. You can click on the placemarks to get a link to the Wikimapia descriptions. I'm so glad they finally decided to support GE as well!

This is just the beginning of the possibilities. I've been thinking about new ways Wikimapia could be extended with Google Earth. For example, creating polygons with the rectangles and filling it with varying colors at a low transparency would make it look even better. There's also some possibilities created with the new GE API (just announced recently by Google) which would allow more interesting integration between Wikimapia and GE. Thanks to Matt for letting me know about it, and the Wikimapia people for implementing GE support!

[UPDATE 10/3: Here is an example I did a while back while thinking of ideas for Wikimapia in Google Earth. I've used colored transparent polygons instead of outlines, and included pictures in the descriptions.]

Enviado por FrankTaylor at 1 de Octubre 2006 a las 07:39 PM

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    Thanks for the link Frank! I do want to make sure credit is given where credit is due: I don't have anything to do with the Wikimapia project. I am just a fan of Wikimapia that was provided some good information. Alexandre does, however, read my blog, so any praise will be read by him. :)

    Thanks again!

    Enviado por: Matt at 1 de Octubre 2006 a las 08:25 PM

    Absolutely great story dude. Wikimapia has a great concept, thought very much farther than just collecting non reviewed placemarks from all of the community. This project should become part of earth.google.com!

    Enviado por: KoflAIR at 3 de Octubre 2006 a las 02:20 AM

    I am a citizen of Bagnan, Haora, West Bengal, India. Like Some of places my locality also is still very hazy. We cannot locate the places or areas. When we will be able to see our locality clearly like other parts of world.

    Enviado por: SWATI CHAKRABORTY at 5 de Febrero 2007 a las 11:15 PM

    wikimapia or google earth is great idea to locate our self on web.

    Enviado por: neeta at 5 de Abril 2007 a las 07:11 AM

    this site helps people to interact and give them a view of their homes from thousand miles away frm their homes by making the use of the satellite.

    Enviado por: sansmrti rawat at 2 de Junio 2007 a las 01:27 AM

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