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Map Content PartnersGoogle has introduced an imagery partner program where people can submit imagery for Google Earth if they feel they have a better version of a shot that Google currently has.

"When people think about Google Earth, they often think satellite imagery.  Yet, since the early days of Google Earth, we’ve been working with local governments and other public sector organizations to add their aerial imagery as well," explains Scott Ciabattari at the Google Lat Long Blog. "Thanks to this data sharing, we’re able to offer our users a more current representation of thousands of communities and a higher resolution view of countless geographic features." 

"With this week’s launch of the historical imagery feature in Google Earth, we’re now able to partner with public sector organizations and other imagery content providers to present users a view of their community or geographic features, such as mountains or lakes, evolving over time," he adds.

Google Historical Imagery

Google has set up a couple new sites where potential content providers can get involved. First off is what Google refers to as a "wecome mat" for organizations to share their aerial imagery. But this is really only part of the equation since they offer opportunities for submitting other kinds of imagery. The gateway to all of these can be found at the new site for Map Content Partners, located simply atgoogle.com/mapcontent.

Google welcomes 3D building and digital terrain models, aerial imagery (current and historical), some types of vector data (boundaries, points of interest) and public transit system routes and schedules. Content providers will have to enter a license agreement with Google.Much more information is provided in the FAQ.

Google Introduces Imagery Partner Program
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    This is new? Dick Cheney did that several years ago, got his house removed from google earth.

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      Really? But google is expecting something which would look interesting on earth instead of following dick’s action :P

  • http://www.thelostagency.com david

    that has gotta be one of the coolest updates to their google maps model in some time. now that private industry “geo providers” can upload premium versions of clients property.

    real estate companies can now update maps to show their recent developments and governments can also update large projects as show pieces instead of having to wait 2-3 years each time.

    great post!

  • http://www.firmalatter.dk Ejvind

    Sometimes I am taken aback about how google can keep coming up with something new and interesting. They must have a bunch of people asking themselves “What would be cool to have next?” and I for one think they are doing a great job.

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    How can they maintain all of these sub-businesses ?

    I would have thought that spreading so much will hurt them, but it seems to do the opposite …

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    Google is now partnered with public sector organizations and other imagery content providers to present users a view of their community or geographic features, such as mountains or lakes, evolving over tim

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