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Google Maps and Google Earth

Abstract:

This chapter demonstrates the ways that free services such as Google Maps and Google Earth can be used by libraries to highlight their services. It includes a report on how a library in Connecticut added information about its Irish history collections to be viewed in Google Earth. Specific instructions are given for creating this kind of information using KML files, and a sample file that can be adapted to other purposes is supplied. The chapter demonstrates how to make the best use of Google Maps. In a visit to Google’s New York offices, new products are demonstrated, such as Google Map Maker, and an Android command to get GPS vocal instruction. The chapter also shows how Google Maps can display images ...

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