Aug 21

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

Books In Google Earth

google books map

Google is continuing the integration of its web services into Google Earth. On the same day that they announced their embeddable maps, they have announced that you can turn on the book layer in Google Earth. They have also added live traffic data to the service. This type of integration makes me wonder how long til Google Earth becomes a full web browser or a plugin to some other browser.

As they say on the Google's LatLong blog:

Now when you turn on the "Google Book Search" layer in Google Earth (found in the "Featured Content" folder in the "Layers" menu), you'll see small book icons scattered around the globe. When you click on one of the book icons, a pop-up balloon will display a snippet of text from one of Book Search's public domain books that references that location. You'll also find links to the Google Book Search page for that snippet so that you can learn more about what it has to say about the city or town.

For example, let's say that you're interested in Detroit, Michigan. After flying there in Google Earth, you'll find that one of the book icons is for "The Writings of Thomas Jefferson." Clicking on the book icon brings up the pop-up balloon with the following text snippet:

"With respect to the unfor-tunate loss of Detroit and our army, I with pleasure see the animation it has inspired through our whole country, ..."

Google has been exposing its geoparsing capabilities in Google Book Search. As you can see in this map of "The Writings of Thomas Jefferson":

tj's map

Yahoo! has been exposing its geoparsing capabilities in Pipes. If I were a betting man, I would bet that Google and Yahoo! will soon be releasing a geoparsing API.

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  gene [08.21.07 12:33 PM]

An example of why text search isn't always the answers to all the world's problems:
From Google books map for the TRavels of Marco Polo :
Albuquerque - Page 223
In 1507, it was captured by Albuquerque, and in 1622, the English and Shah Abbas united in reducing it, when the prin-cipal edifices were razed to the ...
The map points to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Still, a fun feature.

  Alain Pierrot [08.21.07 11:56 PM]

Might be fun to have a look at names such as "Victoria".

Who will do the tagging?

How will be ranked the books quoting a place?

Again, indexes compiling and query results ranking overlap with editorial skills...

  Ajeet Khurana [08.22.07 12:11 PM]

"This type of integration makes me wonder how long till Google Earth becomes a full web browser..." Well Google has had the name gbrowser.com booked since April 2004.

@Alain Pierrot: The challenges of tagging are monumental. In fact, as technology progresses, the manual elements involving creative-thinking increasingly become the bottleneck.

  Coleman Foley [08.22.07 05:00 PM]

web-based google earth would be great.

  Manuel [08.24.07 03:45 AM]

That is nice. They also added real time traffic and sky features to google earth this week.

  Aquariums [08.25.07 11:02 AM]

More like this please

Others should take a look at yours to see how its done.


  David [09.08.07 02:37 PM]

These may be a dumb questions, but I've asked & looked all over the place. Is there a way to save the list of items in "My Places" as a text file? If so, where can I get the instructions? All I need is the info you see in "My Places"

  Marek Rafalski [02.26.08 09:45 AM]

Another interesting things about Google Maps is that they allow users to put on them sites images maps instead of js maps. So its good for put jpg plugin with maps on site for 10% whose dont have js, and for rest js.

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