Google Earth Builder now to be called as "Google Maps Engine." Google Earth Builder, was launched on April 20, 2011, allows customers to use Google's cloud computing infrastructure to store, manage and share their own geospatial data and maps.
"Google Earth Builder enables secure access to geospatial data it hosts through our geospatial apps like Google Earth and our geospatial APIs like the Google Maps API. Customers have used the platform in a variety of ways, including third parties using it to power their applications, data providers using it to commercially distribute their geospatial data, and customers creating their own 3D globes with private mapping data," explains Dylan Lorimer, Google Maps Engine Product Manager.
Google also announcing the launch of Google Maps Engine grants program for nonprofits. "Now, eligible nonprofit organizations in the U.S., U.K., Brazil and Canada can apply for grants of Google Maps Engine, a platform formerly known as Google Earth Builder, for hosting, storing, managing, and styling map data," posted Tanya Birch, Program Manager, Google Earth Outreach.
With the addition of Google Maps Engine to the Google Earth Outreach Grants program, Google has also released three new Google Maps Engine tutorials to educate nonprofits on how to use the product.
For more information about the eligibility for a Google Maps Engine grant and how organizations can apply, you can visit the Google Earth Outreach Maps Engine for Nonprofits page.