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Marble, Virtual Globe and World Atlas

From: Coralie Mercier <coralie@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 14:43:09 +0200
To: public-poiwg@w3.org
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Hi all,

I stumbled on this project called Marble:

I thought it might be of interest for the POI WG.

It is similar to google earth, a globe that spins and in which you can
zoom and search. It uses OSM. Can do routing.

Here's the abstract from their home page:

Marble is a Virtual Globe and World Atlas that you can use to learn more
about Earth: You can pan and zoom around and you can look up places and
roads. A mouse click on a place label will provide the respective
Wikipedia article.

Of course it's also possible to measure distances between locations or
watch the current cloud cover. Marble offers different thematic maps: A
classroom-style topographic map, a satellite view, street map, earth at
night and temperature and precipitation maps. All maps include a custom
map key, so it can also be used as an educational tool for use in
class-rooms. For educational purposes you can also change date and time
and watch how the starry sky and the twilight zone on the map change.

In opposite to other virtual globes Marble also features multiple
projections: Choose between a Flat Map ("Plate carré"), Mercator or the

The best of all: Marble is Free Software / Open Source Software and
promotes the usage of free maps. And it's available for all major
operating systems (Linux/Unix, MS Windows and Mac OS X).


Coralie Mercier - Communications Team - Incubator Activity Lead
                World Wide Web Consortium - http://www.w3.org
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