Monday, July 02, 2007

Google Earth Outreach - Conservation Networking opportunities

On June 26, Frank Taylor wrote on his Google Earth Blog that "Today Google has announced a new initiative called Google Earth Outreach designed to help nonprofit organizations around the world leverage the power of Google Earth to illustrate and advocate for the important work that they do." You can find more information on the new Google Earth Outreach web page.

Frank also posted a You Tube video Google recorded of the announcement and noted "I especially enjoyed the part where Jane Goodall was speaking to us via satellite and especially when she shared the chimpanzee greeting to us all."

As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I believe Google Earth (and similar programs) will play an increasing role in helping conservation and environmental networking efforts in the future and we should be learning how to use the many features of this valuable, free and very popular application . The Google Earth Outreach page contains a Showcase, Case Studies, Tutorials, Help, and Google Earth Professional Grant Application to enhance these learning opportunities for anyone interested.

Another Google Earth post on June 27, notes a new article in Wired Magazine. Frank titles his post "Google Earth/Maps is Changing the Way We See the World," and notes that Author Evan Ratliff Wired who wrote the article Google Maps is Changing the Way We See the World should have also included Google Earth in the title. Frank provided the following summary. "This article is a good summary of how Google Maps and Google Earth have had a significant impact in many ways on individuals, organizations, governments, politics, the environment and many other perspectives. It covers topics such as censorship, KML standardization, StreetView privacy issues, mapping politics, and user-generated maps.

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