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  • W. Sheppard Baird
    Dear Peter, I find your evaluation of Google Earth more than just a bit hasty. I m surely not a lover of all things Google but as someone that actually has
    Message 1 of 10 , Jun 20, 2013
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      Dear Peter,

      I find your evaluation of Google Earth more than just a bit hasty. I'm
      surely not a lover of all things Google but as someone that actually has
      some expertise in this area you should know that the Google Earth
      application is "NOT" installed on your computer as you assume. It's a
      server application that lives in the cloud on a farm of hundreds of servers
      worldwide. The only software loaded onto your computer is that which allows
      you to view and manipulate this huge cloud application. Google Earth is
      intended to provide quality 3D GIS accessibility and ease of use to as many
      people as possible worldwide and is not all things to all people nor does
      it provide every feature one may desire. But you can easily rotate and tilt
      the map in any way you wish with the top right circular controls. Give it a
      try.

      No, it does not allow you to change the projection or automatically
      generate outline maps, etc. These are features that can be found in
      professional GIS packages like ESRI ArcGIS which is the de facto GIS
      standard at many universities around the world. But Google Earth map data
      can easily be imported into ESRI ArcGIS maps anytime you wish making GE map
      data available for its many highly sophisticated features. The learning
      curve for professional GIS apps is typically huge taking weeks or months
      and thus very expensive. This is probably why the map you and your
      colleagues desire has not been attempted. But Google Earth can prove useful
      in a matter of minutes for any novice with a bit of patience.

      The collection of valid confirmed sites and the acquisition of accurate
      site coordinates is an ongoing process. Even now after several years of
      development a few newly discovered "non-sensitive" sites are added to the
      Aegean Minoan 3D GIS project every year and coordinates are sometimes
      adjusted for greater accuracy. The creation of this map was only possible
      with the kind voluntary assistance of many dozens of scholars, colleagues,
      students, etc. almost none of whom had any GIS expertise at all. But they
      could carry an inexpensive GPS receiver and record coordinates. The fewer
      trained GIS experts involved with your project the less expensive and more
      practical it will become.

      The fervor of our project volunteers was fueled by knowing that our entire
      map would be freely available to everyone and not just a few specialists. I
      completely agree with Charles in that it would be a monumental step
      forward, especially for the specialists however counter-intuitive it may
      seem, by sipping the sweet nectar of open access for all.

      Best,

      W. Sheppard Baird
      California State Polytechnic University - Pomona
      Sarasota, Florida
      minoanatlantis@...



      On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 at 8:16 AM, Peter T. Daniels <grammatim@...>wrote:

      > Well, I discovered why I'd never been able to install Google Earth before:
      > I needed to right-click and "install as administrator." It then proceeded
      > to install itself without at any point asking where I would like it to put
      > itself, indicating how much disk space it required, etc. I don't like
      > Google taking over my computer even more than it already does.
      >
      > After clicking on your map, it eventually opened; but I wonder whether
      > this service can do what I'm looking for. There doesn't seem to be any
      > provision for changing the projection, or the angle of view; somewhere
      > there must be a control for telling it the edges of the map, but I couldn't
      > find such a thing. And I wonder whether it can do a simple outline map
      > rather than the familiar color image (which is especially unhelpful for
      > print publication).
      >
      > So thank you for introducing me to the resource -- but I don't think it
      > will be helpful.
      >
      > --
      > Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
      > Jersey City
      >


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