Five Universities with great maps

Over the years we’ve shown you a variety of Universities around the world that are making great use of Google Earth and Google Maps, including 3D models at Bowling Green and Boston University, a 3D virtual campus at Northeastern, and a variety of great tools at the University of Exeter. The Google Geo Developers Blog recently took at five Universities that are making great use of geo tools, and it’s a great list.

Many of the schools they show are simply using 2D maps, but they do a great job with them, such as the University of Washington, shown here:


The five featured schools are Northeastern University, the University of Washington, the University of Ottawa, the University of California – San Diego and the University of Notre Dame. Check out the full blog post for more info.

If you’re a college student, how does your school stack up?

Paris in 3D

The Eiffel Tower is one of the most popular sights in Google Earth, and it’s had a high-quality 3D model for a few years now. However, the rest of the city has been rather flat — until now.

Google has rolled out extensive 3D building coverage for the city and it looks great! (NOTE from Frank: There are some areas – especially around the Eiffel Tower, where the building models look half-finished. Many of the sides are missing photo-realistic textures. But, hopefully this will inspire people to use Building Maker to finish the models.]


Check out some of the cool sites like the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame Cathedral or the the Arc de Triomphe.

To simply explore the city for yourself, fly there using this KML file.