Data Visualization Techniques with Google Earth
Google Earth and Google Earth Pro are excellent tools for creating and distributing geographic data visualizations. In this course, you will learn how to use Google Earth to attach vital information to your features including photos, videos, links to PDF files and website, text, and more. You will also learn how to create thematic maps, 3D maps, geocode addresses, create elevation profiles and viewsheds, add your own imagery, use historical imagery of various locations, and much more!
There are many reasons why you may want to visualize your existing GIS data in Google Earth. Perhaps you simply like the convenience of using the built-in base maps and aerial photography provided by Google Earth. Other reasons include the ease of use and familiarity your users already have with the product. Perhaps you would like to reach a wider audience for your data products. This can easily be done by placing your Google Earth format files on a publicly accessible website and allowing Google to include them in search results. Because all your data for a particular Google Earth project can be contained within a single file it is also easy to distribute to many users. We’ll explore each of these reasons in more detail in this section of the course and you’ll learn about a number of tools that can be used to easily migrate your data from ArcGIS to Google Earth. The Arc2Earth extension is an excellent tool for accomplishing this task so we’ll cover this ArcGIS functionality in detail.
Did you know that you can use Google Earth and Google Earth Pro to access current and projected demographic information, tax appraisal information, and traffic counts. Demographic information for the most recent census as well as demographic projections for 2016 are available for a number of variables including income, age, housing, and others. Any of these variables can also be thematically mapped with Google Earth Pro. Tax appraisal information from local officials can easily be obtained for millions of parcels across the U.S. You can also get current and historical traffic count information for millions of street intersections in the U.S.
Google Earth and Google Earth Pro can also be used to easily add all your data to a map and attach vital information including photos, videos, links to external PDF files and presentations, and much more. It’s also very easy to keep all your property information up to date so that clients never see stale information. Your data can be kept up to date at all times.
Google Earth can also be used to obtain historical imagery of a site, obtain terrain information including viewsheds and elevation profiles, create land parcels, obtain measurement information, and much more.
In this one day course, you’ll learn how to use Google Earth Pro to create and distribute data visualization products with Google Earth and Google Earth Pro.
- Create and symbolize points, lines, and polygons
- Symbolize your features with built-in icons or custom icons that represent your organization
- Add information to your features including photos, videos, links to files and websites, detailed property information
- Learn how to geocode all your addresses into Google Earth in seconds
- Create thematic and 3D maps of your data
- Add your own imagery
- Use historical imagery
- Add temporal information to your datasets
- Import GIS datasets including shapefiles and feature classes
- Create movies that highlight your information
- Display neighborhood information including census demographics, traffic counts, detailed tax appraisal information
- Provide driving directions to properties
- Email information to clients or place on a web server
- Printing maps
- Embed maps into presentations
- Keep your data fresh
- Get terrain information including elevation profiles and viewsheds
This course is designed for all levels of users who want to use Google Earth or Google Earth Pro to visualize geographic data in unique ways.
Module 1: Google Earth Fundamentals
Module 2: Creating Basic Features (Placemarks, Paths, Polygons)
Module 3: Attaching Information to Features (photos, links to files, video, text, driving directions)
Module 4: Overlay Images on Google Earth Terrain
Module 5: Creating 3D Views
Module 6: Geocoding Addresses
Module 7: Demographics, Traffic Counts, Parcel Data
Module 8: Creating Elevation Profiles and Viewsheds
Module 9: Importing Shapefiles and Other GIS Datasets using Arc2Earth
Module 10: Presentation and Communication (emailing, printing, animation)
Module 11: Sharing Your Data
Module 12: Using Historical Imagery and Temporal Data
Self Paced, Online Delivery