Dear Google Earth Team Sean Gillies 2007-04-19 00:00 Please consider giving your users the power to POST and PUT KML from Google Earth to arbitrary URLs other than http://bbs.keyhole.com. Anything you can do about this, Ed? Comments Re: Dear Google Earth Team Author: Tom Churchill Sean: It's a truism that the most likely way to convince another party to do something you'd like to have done is by making a convincing argument regarding what's in it for them, as opposed to you. While I can understand why you might want this feature, would Google? What would make them find this to be desirable? (IE: Would it generate more users for them?) They have invested millions of dollars in the development of the application and acquisition of imagery, and provide the resulting application/service for "free". (I'm sure advertising will figure more prominently in their future, and since your attention is valuable, and they can monetize it, the status quo is likely to change.) I'm confident that if you can make a compelling business case as to why this might be in their best interest, they would consider it... But bear in mind they are a for-profit company and are looking to create barriers to entry for other parties: whether that means negotiating exclusivity terms for Digital Globe imagery that prevent other parties from access, or giving bbs.keyhole.com an edge up over others, etc. Asking politely is nice, and you may get lucky, but don't be surprised if their interests may be different than yours... Re: Dear Google Earth Team Author: Ed Parsons Hi Sean, What are the use cases you have in mind ? ed Re: Dear Google Earth Team Author: Sean I'm making a digital, historical atlas of the Classical world. Google Earth is a fine viewer for our entities, and fairly restful to boot. There's no SOAP nonsense, no fancy WxS protocol: Google Earth follows network links using HTTP GET. Next, I'm going to enable classicists to upload new entities (stubs, at least) to our atlas (with HTTP POST or PUT), and also update locations in place (PUT). Currently, a user can create a KML document in GE, but to upload must detour, save to disk, and POST the document to my atlas URL using another application. This detour could be avoided if GE allowed us to POST or PUT KML directly to a web URL. Google Earth isn't always going to be just for reading from the Geo-Web, is it? The capacity for writing is going to become more and more important, and should be done as restfully as the reading is done. That means HTTP POST and PUT instead of SOAP or WFS-T. Re: Dear Google Earth Team Author: John J. Schweisinger It would be interesting to see your historical atlas of the Classical world application. Are you compling and vieiwing historical maps? If you have all the data it would be best to make your own Image Server. Rather then make it dependant on Google. The worldwind application makes it simple to create your own Google Earth Application. However the error is too large for small scale GIS applications. Re: Dear Google Earth Team Author: Sean John, we're beginning to upload named places from the Barrington Atlas to Pleiades. Our historian collaborators are concerned about modern imagery's potential to misinform about the ancient world, but the physiographic base is coming later. Re: Dear Google Earth Team Author: John J. Schweisinger Sean, I added the data to Google Earth using the link to the KML file. Looks like an interesting project. Do you have the atlas maps georeferenced? You can make your own WMS site and add them to am Internet Mapping Server.