Google unveiled a totally redesigned Your World in 3D website -- the term given to creating 3D buildings for Google Earth and Google Maps -- has all the tools and info you'll need to get up and running quickly, the company announced today.
"The new website showcases several examples of what fellow modelers are building and will help connect with other geo-modelers around the world. Today, the 3D virtual world is in full bloom: hundreds upon hundreds of villages, towns, and cities have been added to the 3D map representing hundreds of thousands of 3D buildings from every corner of the globe -- truly, a testament to the power of open collaboration," google said.
"Enter: the new Your World in 3D website. We call the website Your World in 3D because it's you, the user, who's helping build this virtual world, and perhaps more importantly, it's you who is finding innovative and surprising ways of using this data."
"Why geo-model? When asked, most geo-modelers say they do it because geo-modeling is just plain fun, but building your town in 3D can also be a great way to show civic pride and encourage tourism for your town. It can also provide an interactive way to promote your business or contextualize the urban planning. 3D modeling has also been used in crisis response situations as we saw in the grassroots modeling effort that happened after the earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy," explains google.
More Info: Your World in 3D
Update August 25, The site is now available in 15 additional languages: Czech, German, English (UK), Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Polish, Brazilian Porteguese, Russian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese.
[Source: Lat Long blog]