Google Earth will get overlay search feature
Google has produced a searchable index of Google Earth documents, an element that helps it to be simpler for users to locate and adopt third-party overlays with this popular mapping application.
Google Earth’s internet search engine now returns KML (Keyhole Markup Language) files which developers have produced to include data towards the application’s maps, the organization stated on Wednesday.
“Users are now able to sort through all the world’s KML files, making the countless Google Earth layers on the internet instantly available for geo-browsing and exploration,” authored Chikai Ohazama, a Google Earth product manager within an official company blog. Google expects to later extend this capacity to the mapping website Google Maps, Ohazama authored.
Google Earth is really a free application that taps a multiterabyte database of aerial and satellite images to allow users ‘fly’ around the world utilizing a video-game type interface. By creating overlays within the KML extendable, users can make markers to pinpoint places and supply a variety of details about a place, making Google Earth a repository of local company listings, homes for purchase, photos, architectural sketches, videos, historic details and geographical data.
KML users vary from casual, individual users to large organisations like Discovery Systems, the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic. KML may also be used to include documents to Google Maps, a mapping site that is among the most widely used among developers for creating mash-ups, that are web applications which use data featuring from your existing site or online service via application programming interfaces (APIs).
Online maps, in conjunction with local internet search engines, have grown to be extremely popular recently, providing people with a method to uncover local companies and attractions, obtain driving directions and examine satellite pictures of a place, amongst other things. Google competitors like Microsoft, Yahoo, America online and get.org make their mapping sites a higher priority for development. Advertising revenue in local internet search engines is anticipated to develop from $3.4 billion in 2005 to $13 billion this year, based on the Kelsey Group.