March 2, 2012
Google Earth and Google Maps are probably the most popular, free, online cartography reference tools for the public. Popularity is not the same as authority though:
The lines that Google draws on maps have no government’s imprimatur.
Google should not be involved in geopolitical disputes. If Google Maps show borders or place names that are different from official or long-established usage, they can confuse, offend or worse, even if done unintentionally:
On Nov. 3, 2010, a Nicaraguan official justified his country’s incursion into neighboring Costa Rica’s territory by claiming that, contrary to the customary borderline, he wasn’t trespassing. For proof, he [cited] Google Maps.
Map markers away! Fighting the cartographic unknown
Google DOES try to offer meaningful, accurate maps.
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December 17, 2010
Google Earth in Sky Viewing Mode
This is another location-based service (LBS), similar but larger scale than those developed by foursquare, Gowalla and Facebook.
Google Earth and Maps for organizations
Google is different because it realizes that only a small consumer segment will remain active LBS users, in light of news about negative impact on
As clear from the name, Google Earth and Maps for Enterprise is targeted toward businesses:
Make it easy for your employees to view, understand, and make decisions about location-based information. Incorporate your company’s data into Google Maps and Google Earth to be shared quickly and easily with colleagues and clients. The intuitive Google mapping applications require little or no training; your staff and customers will immediately realize the benefits of interactive geo-spatial information.
Google’s enterprise version combines familiar Google mapping with added features designed especially for business users:
- Google Maps API Premier
- Google Earth Pro
- Google Earth Enterprise
Bing supports a highly regarded 3-D mapping feature, requiring download and installation of the free Microsoft Silverlight application. There has been recent discussion of less support or other curtailment by Microsoft, but I am not certain, as I’ve read differing accounts depending on the source.
Note that Google also requires installation of an extra application on the user’s hard-drive to use Google Earth, as it is a 3-D mapping program.