> FYI. Where do comments go to your tech team?
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: Walter Vermeir <[hidden email] >
> Date: Dec 12, 2006 10:49 AM
> Subject: Re: [Wmfcc-l] [Fwd: Re: Google Ads, Bubble, and Agreement]
> To: Communications Committee <[hidden email] >
> Brad Patrick schreef:
> > I am pleased to announce that Google Earth's new release, slated to
> > happen before Christmas, will contain a Google-developed layer for
> > Wikipedia. We are happy to see this from Google, and are sure it will
> > drive our traffic even more for points of interest. A mockup is below
> > in this thread which shows what an entry bubble will look like. All of
> > the links are directly back to Wikipedia itself. Alas, this release is
> > only in English.
> > Press will need to be coordinated between the ComCom and Megan Quinn
> > from Google (her address is attached as well).
> > -Brad
> This is now public and live;
> Google earth exists for Win, MaxOS X and linux
> Go to:
> layers -> Primary database -> geographic web -> wikipedia
> The result is that you will see the Wikipedia globe appear on certain
> places. When you click on them you get information about the location.
> It is nice but needs still a lot of work.
> - many places from who there exist articles are not listed
> - very small towns are displayed when you are at a very high altitude
> instead of the larger ones
> - the location of the icon can be on a pace of the map the is not
> logical; like on the border of an other county the icon to give
> information about a country.
> - the zoomlevel needed to display information is not consistent and
> mostly badly defined; often you need to zoom in highly before the icon
> with the information about the county is shown.
> - when watching the globe there are no icons for the earth itself, the
> continents and the oceans.
> Contact: walter AT wikizine DOT org
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