Friday, March 13, 2009

Google KML Research Contest Winners

Links: KML Research Winners, Tour Tutorial, Tour for Mountains, Mining Tour - Google Earth Blog: Here's the coverage of the KML in Research Contest:

KML Research Winners - Google announced the winners of their contest for the best cases of using KML for Research. Each winner will receive a prize pack including an iPod Touch, Garmin GPS, and Google swag. All entries will appear in the Google Earth Gallery. Bjorn Sandvik, who has appeared in GEB several times, was one of the winners and has shared his winning entry.

The Thematic Mapping Blog entry gives more details on this winning entry, which displays maps of Infant Mortality rates for different countries over selected time periods:

The statistics can be explored in time and space. Click here to download the KMZ file.

My dissertation, Using KML for Thematic Mapping, was also awarded the MSc Dissertation Prize at University of Edinburgh.

Although not on prizes, this Google Earth Blog post will be of particular interest to readers here for space topics: Google Earth Mars Update - Live Imagery from Another Planet. A number of new data layers have been added. NASA Ames continues to be at the forefront of innovation. Check out the post so you know specifically what to look for.