Innovating with Google Earth Maps

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Since the creation of Google Maps and Google Earth we’ve seen some amazing innovations, and just because there has been a few years of great ideas it doesn’t mean everything has been thought of, the fact is we’ve only just scratched the surface.

Yesterday we heard a story about the need for health inspections to be put on Google Maps, and when someone asked if it had been done, the answer for one person was “I can do it”. It’s this kind of innovating person that brings new ideas to the table and creates a useful spin-off to existing products, especially when it comes to Google Earth Maps. You can read the details on that story and what the web developer did here.

Almost every week we see how the mainstream media use Google Maps when reporting news, which can be from using maps to show the location of a burglary to a war location. This makes it easier for the viewer to understand where in the world, or where locally the event took place.

Google are continually collecting fresh images for Google Street View, which gives the user the latest street-level views, and this keeps Google’s users happy in knowing they have some of the latest pictures and best tools when it comes to this kind of service. This article looks at the opportunity Google Earth represents for surveying, with the author looking at the tools needed to do this job and the challenges they met when compared to traditionally collecting survey data. This also shows how innovation has led to some people using Google Earth for surveying.

Last month we saw how Google Maps now features weather updates, with all the user needing to do is add the weather layer by hovering over the icon in the top right of a page. You can see a video explaining this new service below this article, or read the full details in this post.

Those of you that like something free, especially when we are talking about £43,000, will love the story about Google giving away that sum via a Google Earth treasure hunt. The competition will not close until the end of March next year (2012), so read the full details in this article. This is great innovation by Google themselves to get people using Google Earth with a nice reward attached to the task, and Google do not stop there with innovation. You can read about Google’s “Green” efforts at google.com/green/innovations, which looks at using Google Earth and fighting CO2 emissions from space.

What innovations have you seen when it comes to Google Earth and Maps?

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