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Is Google Earth Digital Earth?

A Leverhulme Lecture

Many would say that Google Earth is Digital Earth, Dr Clarke will explain why he doesn't agree.

Dr Clarke, a research cartographer and professor, is based in the University of California and is one of the world's leading experts on Geographical Information Systems. He is currently on sabbatical leave at The City University, supported by a prestigious Leverhulme Visiting Professorship.

In his book, "Earth in the Balance", former US Vice President, Al Gore, describes Digital Earth as an ambitious vision of a digital library that holds massive amounts of easily used historical and contemporary geographical information. Its users should be able to zoom around on the earth, select places and retrieve geographical knowledge at will, and to follow geographically linked ideas.

The idea dates to 1992 - when the web was in its infancy. Many would now claim that Google Earth is exactly what Gore proposed. Dr Clarke will explain why he doesn't agree. He will give a broader history of Google Earth as "Keyhole" software, explain the alternatives, and suggest what role geobrowsers will play in the future


Dr Keith C Clarke | talks


Date and Time:

30 November 2006 at 6:30 pm


1 hour 30 minutes



City University London
Northampton Square
020 7040 0216

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