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Re: Marble, Virtual Globe and World Atlas

From: Raj Singh <rsingh@opengeospatial.org>
Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2010 20:45:50 -0400
Cc: public-poiwg@w3.org
Message-Id: <2A783CE8-7ADC-4FEC-B6BE-AFDF10F9F249@opengeospatial.org>
To: Coralie Mercier <coralie@w3.org>
That, and other virtual globes are listed at [1]. A very popular one in the scientific community is NASA World Wind -- also open source. The point is, virtual globes are actually a pretty decent sized segment of the geospatial software ecosystem.

Many of these support KML, which is an OGC standard for encoding (and styling) geography in XML [2]. If you want to play around on a developer level, check out the open source libkml [3].

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_globe
[2] http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/kml/
[3] http://code.google.com/p/libkml/

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On Oct 13, at 8:43 AM, Coralie Mercier wrote:

> 
> Hi all,
> 
> I stumbled on this project called Marble:
>    http://edu.kde.org/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
> Globe.
> 
> 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
> 
> -- 
> Coralie Mercier - Communications Team - Incubator Activity Lead
>               World Wide Web Consortium - http://www.w3.org
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> 
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