I‘ve heard a bit of musing lately weather there’s a clear business model in Google maps and Google Earth. Well, I have an opinion on this, although I’m not going to jump into that right now. I’m more curious as to what you think? To get it rolling… obviously Google can take risks, therefore they will… that’s what breeds innovation. Right now the focus is on getting the developer community to embrace the applications and the APIs and they are. Mainstream users are being encouraged to grab the free viewer (and even upgrade to the pro version) and they are. Obviously in time commercial add ons will be available as will the addition of commercial dataset plug-ins and just you wait… do you think advertising will pop up in your Google Earth viewer? Imagine as you fly over your location and cruise along 5th Street… up pops a message that points to a nearby coffee shop that is displayed on your map…. that’s just once scenario. What’s your take?
Archives for July 13, 2005
An article on eSchool news geared towards educators puts things in a very clear perspective.. the main reason why most schools buy a GPS and get involved in spatial analysis is geocaching. Makes sense… and its also a great way to trigger the interest of teachers and students alike. Generally, most geocachers will find that once they get into it they will want to accomplish more.. that eventually leads to downloading a GIS viewer such as ArcExplorer and now, Google Earth. Throw in a bit of XML code and imagine what elementary and secondary school students are going to be coming up with in the next year or two! I’m looking forward to some of the GIS day stories already! For more info on these topics check out the following leads: http://www.gisday.com http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/ http://www.geocaching.com/ http://kangis.org/
(Source of inspiration for this piece: http://www.eschoolnews.com/eti/2005/07/001019.php)