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WebGL Globe [chromeexperiments.com] is a new and open platform for geographic data visualization that runs in WebGL-enabled browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari en Opera.

The project is achieved by Google's "Data Arts Team" (wow!), and is capable of drawing several thousand 3D data-driven spikes quickly and smoothly. The globe is also animated, so that people can interact with it (the full technical explanation can be found here). As the code and data format is freely available, the developers encourage others to build on this platform to create unique 3D globes that show some interesting data.

Two globes are now available online, one showing the population density, the other search volume by language.

See also:
- Solar System Scope
- 3D Live Stats (on a globe)
- IBM's Listening Habits (defunct?)
- Etsy GeoLocator Globe (disappeared?)
- Twitter Vision and Twitter Earth
- Facebook Palantir
- Twingly Screensaver Globe
- TagGalaxy


+See also http://www.webglearth.com/ Think this was the first opensource webgl globe visualization. Displays map tiles like OSM or Bing in 3D.

Fri 06 May 2011 at 10:39 PM

Only Chrome and FF are WebGL-enabled browsers (WebGL is not in Opera and not enabled in Safari AFAIK).

Another WebGL globe visualization of NASA temperature anomalies data over the years that might interest you can be found here: http://senchalabs.github.com/philogl/PhiloGL/examples/temperatureAnomalies/

Sat 07 May 2011 at 4:05 AM

DynViz is using processing engine and looks smoother... Open sourced: https://github.com/dyninc/DynViz

Video example here:

Mon 09 May 2011 at 11:54 PM
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