Making presentations using Google Earth

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For the Information Visualization course of the University of Amsterdam fellow student Pepijn and myself made a presentation using Google Earth instead of using the same old Powerpoint again.

In this presentation for the Information Visualization course we experiment how presentations can be given with the use of Google Earth. For every author we discuss we move to the hometown of that author. But lots more options are possible to use Google Earth for presentation purposes and also to show (spatial) examples during a presentation. This is intended as a first try and the idea is open for expansion, we challenge you!

How to open it?

  • First download Google Earth
  • Download this file: Presentation Maps and Critique ZIP
  • Unzip it
  • Choose File > Open in Google Earth and click the downloaded file
  • The presentation should appear in the My Places Tab, navigate by clicking the various ‘slides’

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  1. This is so cool! What response did you get?


    March 27, 2007 at 3:04 pm

  2. Got two thumbs up 🙂 Since my MA thesis is all about route navigation and stuff, I’ll definitely make my end-presentation in Google Earth. Lots of options and they also have this program called Sketch Up now, which allows you to put 3d models into GE. Could allow you perhaps to make maps with statistics.


    March 27, 2007 at 3:15 pm

  3. I’m very interested in your project, but your files don’t appear to be available anymore. Where can I download your files?



    March 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm

    • Hi Dan, thanks for your interest. Unfortunately I don’t have these specific files, but I have some tips for presentations in Google Earth. First, a tool I use quite frequently nowadays to shows graphs on Google Earth is GE Graph. Second, websites such as offer similar presentations that use tour functions of Google Earth. For a presentation before a live audience, you could simply use a tour made in Google Earth and click through it. I’ve done it a few times and works great, and the visuals are too – especially added with GEgraph data.


      March 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm

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