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Monday, August 6, 2007

Nanaimo, B.C. more than the namesake of a wonderful chocolate treat

Nanaimo, British Columbia has embraced Google Earth and currently has the distinction of being the most zealous of contributors of geographic data, to the mapping search engine service site. With the blessing of his bosses at city hall, programmer Jason Birch spent his evenings and weekends for 2 years experimenting with images, colours and the programming language KML. The object of the experiment was to provide tourists and residents with geographic data, and boy have they... 10 centimetres on the ground in Nanaimo equals one pixel on Google Earth, this resolution is significantly higher than maps covering the rest of the world, typically 1 meter equals 1 pixel. Kudos to Jason and the City of Nanaimo, it's thinking like this that will serve your jurisdiction well! Globe and Mail Story here.