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Re: The Next Dimension of Google Maps - Official Post

Jean Demers Jun 10, 2012 11:28 AM
Posted in group: 3D Modeling for Google Earth & Maps
Ok, let's face the reality: Google drops hand made 3D models for populating the 3D layer in Google Earth. It is a business decision and it is legitimate.

What? Masterpieces will disapear from GE? People enjoy modeling and want proudly show the result in GE to the world?

Google said that one raison to not maintain hand made 3D layer is the resources needed for initial reviews and appeals. Maybe it is time for the modelers' community to take its destiny in its own hands!

Like wikipiedia, why not let manage the selection of the models by the community itself? Google Earth already cooperates with many projects such as wikipedia, wikiloc, gigapan, youtube, etc. that show their layers on the map. Why not a Wiki-Building-3D? Maybe it is possible to get some collaboration with other resources such as Wikimedia Commons...

The community could do three things: define and maintain the selection criteria (that will make happy many peoples ;) accept models and deal with appeals. Let's divide the whole Earth many areas to share the tasks among multiple evaluators...

Well, many issues will come up: the process of updating and publishing HM layer for example... That can hardly be done by the community without external resources... But nothing can't be solved... :)

Yes, this is a crazy idea...