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6 Alternatives to Google Earth

Aug 09, 2011, 10:01 (0 Talkback[s])

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"In the past there have been attempts to reverse engineer Google Earth and implement its features in an open and extensible way. However, these actions have understandably been frowned upon by Google. Instead we prefer to see the development of open source virtual globe software which uses freely licensed or public domain data. Whilst the development of open source virtual globe applications may not, in itself, encourage Google to release its application or data under a similar license, it does give users the option to be able to have the freedom to do what they want. This route also helps to foster greater user community support to drive development often in the form of add-ons and plug-ins.

"There are a number of applications which are credible open source alternatives to Google Earth. Whilst none of the software applications featured in this article have all of the features offered by Google Earth (although some offer some different features), and they are not exactly comparable, they are all worthy of investigating."

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