[OSM-talk] OSM.globe version of OSM-3D; new version for Europe

Alexander Zipf zipf at uni-heidelberg.de
Wed Mar 23 07:00:57 GMT 2011

Dear all,

while I assume that most of you know about OSM-3D, it is still a pleasue 
to announce a new major version.
The interactive 3D web application has grown siginificantly from its 
original German coverage and covers now most European countries on a 
virtual globe.

The "osm.globe" combines the free geodata from OpenStreetMap with 
digital elevation models offering a global interactive 3D experience 
made completely from free or crowdsoured geodata.
The 3D globe (XNavigator) developed by Arne Schilling and colleagues 
from the GIScience Resarch Group of the University of Heidelberg 
features a physical simulated atmosphere, simulation of daytime or 
additional new functionalities like the possibility to simulate flights 
following GPS-Tracks (GPX) provided by users. It is now also possible to 
drape different OSM maps or satellite imagery onto the elevation model. 
Further the 3D globe now can be integrated into a web-site as Java 
applet (featuring a JavaScript API), as well as Java Webstart 
application or users can download and install it as Java Desktop 

Also further geo-services such as routing, geocoding or POI search (as 
known from http://OpenRouteService.org) or overview maps and further 
options are now available for all of Europe within the 3D globe. The 3D 
content is being processed, generated and provided by tools and online 
services developed from the GIScience Resarch Group of the University of 

This 3D geo-platform demonstrates the potential of free and through 
crowdsouring generated geodata like OpenStreetMap. In order to maximize 
interoperability the whole platform technically is based on open 
standards and services of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

OSM-3D Screenshots: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM-3D_Screenshots
OSM-3D Videos: http://www.osm-3d.org/videos.de.htm

OSM-3D Project: http://www.osm-3d.org/home.de.htm
OSM-3D Wiki: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/OSM-3D
OSM-3D ready to go: http://www.osm-3d.org/map.htm
OSM-3D DownloadVersion & JavaWebstart: http://www.osm-3d.org/Start.de.htm
XNavigator Wiki: http://koenigstuhl.geog.uni-heidelberg.de/xnaviwiki
Chair of Geoinformatics, GIScience Research Group , University of 
Heidelberg: http://giscience.uni-hd.de

Prof. Dr. Alexander Zipf
     Chair of GIScience
     Department of Geography, University of Heidelberg
     + Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing (IWR)

     zipf at uni-heidelberg.de

     Berliner Straße 48, D-69120 Heidelberg, Germany
     fon: +49(0)6221 / 54 5533  //  fax: +49(0)6221 / 54 4996

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