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Topics: InfoBank   Get Attention   Locate Facilities   Overlay Maps   Sample Points   Event Times   Display Additional Info   Thematic Collections   Follow Track Lines

This links to examples of some InfoBank uses of Google Earth.
  • These evolved after "OK, I've found my house. Now what can it do for us?"
InfoBank Examples

  Get Attention
  • You can use Google Earth to display non-geographic images onto the globe.
  • Here are two examples (Give them a spin):
    1. The Menlo Park & Santa Cruz CMG Staff (GE  source)
    2. Open House 2006 Dress Like a Marine Geologist (GE  source)
    3. 2010 Knowledge Management Workshop Display (GE  source)
  Locate Facilities
  • Locate and view CMG Facilities such as
    the CMG Program Office; Woods Hole Campus; MOF;
    St. Petersburg Campus; O'Brien; Menlo Park Campus;
    MarFac; Pacific Science Center, Santa Cruz. (GE  GM  source)
  Overlay Maps
  • Overlay maps from various scales and themes.
  • Overlaying, fading, zooming, and tilting the maps provides new perspectives and relationships.
  • For example:
  • Access is provided through the  InfoBank overlay suite sub-tab  link near the top of InfoBank pages.
  Track Lines
  Sample Points
  Event Times
  • Any label can be associated geographic location.
  • For example, navigation points can be displayed with their time.
    (in InfoBank's case we format them as YYYYDDDHHMMSST)
  • For ease of use, we group every 100 points together into KML folders,
    then have an "index" group of every 100th point.
  • We use the index group to narrow down our time sequence of interest,
    then display the appropriate "every point" folder to see details.
  • A Virtual Globe's interactive pan and zoom capability
    (often simultaneously displayed with other data)
    is very useful in identifying data problems and events.
  Display Additional Information
  • HTML pages can be incorporated to display related information such as metadata and imagery
  • For example:
  Thematic Collections
  Follow Track Lines
  • The "Play Tour" feature within Google Earth can be used to "fly" data sets, such as vessel track lines and flight lines.
  • You can set the angle of view, speed and other options to simulate or enhance the tour.
  • For example:

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