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26 March 2015

Review of Digital Globes 2015

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There are many Digital Earth Globes in use around the world for a wide range of purposes – providing access to vast amounts of scientific and cultural information that help people understand the Earth and its natural and human phenomena.

To help understand the range of Globes in use, and to inform the Open Digital Earth Foundation in its mission to develop a Globe application for societal benefit, the Foundation has undertaken a preliminary review of Digital Earth Globes.

The Review of Digital Globes 2015 was conducted by Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information researcher Jessica Keyers in March 2015 on behalf of the Foundation. This paper provides a preliminary summary of 16 existing unique digital globe platforms and 21 associated visualisation applications, including two digital globe visualisation applications that do not qualify as platforms as do not allow users to add any data or make any customisations.

The Foundation will act upon the findings in the report as part of its contribution to creating a foundation globe or ‘global globe’ using the most suitable platform. The Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) also plan to publish a manual on the topic of digital earth.

A copy of the review can be downloaded here.

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