We are pleased to announce the publication special issue of  Future Internet, Volume 3, Issue 4 (December 2011).  Edited by Dr. Christopher Pettit Principal Research Scientist and Research Manager, Spatial Information Sciences, Department of Primary Industries Victoria, Australia and Dr. Arzu Coltekin,Department of Geography, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 80750 Zürich, Switzerland, the issue represents a series of notable papers:

Table of Contents:

Olaf Schroth, Ellen Pond, Cam Campbell, Petr Cizek, Stephen Bohus and Stephen R. J. Sheppard

Article: Tool or Toy? Virtual Globes in Landscape Planning Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 204-227; doi:10.3390/fi3040204

Philip Paar and Jörg Rekittke

Article: Low-Cost Mapping and Publishing Methods for Landscape Architectural Analysis and Design in Slum-Upgrading Projects Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 228-247; doi:10.3390/fi3040228

Mark Imhof, Matthew Cox, Angela Fadersen, Wayne Harvey, Sonia Thompson, David Rees and Christopher Pettit

Article: Natural Resource Knowledge and Information Management via the Victorian Resources Online Website Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 248-280; doi:10.3390/fi3040248

David Parsons, Ramesh Lal and Manfred Lange
Article: Test Driven Development: Advancing Knowledge by Conjecture and Confirmation
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 281-297; doi:10.3390/fi3040281

Haifeng Li and Bo Wu

Article: A Service-Oriented Architecture for Proactive Geospatial Information Services
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 298-318; doi:10.3390/fi3040298

Subhash Sharma, Christopher Pettit, Ian Bishop, Pang Chan and Falak Sheth

Article: An Online Landscape Object Library to Support Interactive Landscape Planning
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 319-343; doi:10.3390/fi3040319

Saviour Formosa, Vincent Magri, Julia Neuschmid and Manfred Schrenk

Article: Sharing Integrated Spatial and Thematic Data: The CRISOLA Case for Malta and the European Project Plan4all Process Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 344-361; doi:10.3390/fi3040344

Sabrina Lai and Corrado Zoppi

Article: An Ontology of the Strategic Environmental Assessment of City Masterplans 
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 362-378; doi:10.3390/fi3040362

Arzu Coltekin and Tumasch Reichenbacher

Review: High Quality Geographic Services and Bandwidth Limitations
Future Internet 2011, 3(4), 379-396; doi:10.3390/fi3040379

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.

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Google Earth Panorama Script Back in Place

Gabys script to help create panoramas from Google Earth is now back on the server after getting lost during a ftp transfer – thanks to Gaby for sorting it out.

If your new to this the tutorial allows you to create panoramas from Google Earth using Gaby’s script and some photo stitching software. It is possible to output some stunning images using this technique such as the the panoramas sent in so far of: London, New York, Moscow, Belgium, Paris and Syndney.

The most recent addition is from Art Clark (thanks Art!) who has created a panorama of the Desolation Wilderness. The Desolation Wilderness is a 100 square mile federal “wilderness area” directly to the west of Lake Tahoe in California, United States. You can view the panorama from here.

Let us know if you create a panorama using the tutorial as would love to feature it on the blog..

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. jhousser - December 10, 2006

    I’ve just finished creating a panorama using the tutorial, 100m above Treasure Cay, which is a very small community on Abaco, in the Bahamas. I used the views from Gaby’s script. I found that I had to manually capture another row up, her images didn’t quite cover the horizon on my monitor, but I think this could also be a function of screen resolution (I’m using a wide-screen display, which likely has the proper horizontal coverage but will be doing some vertical clipping?).

    I stitched it in PTGui, created the sky with Terragen (which I’ve been learning to use in an unrelated digital art course).



  2. Erwin - December 20, 2006


    I juste made a pano of Bordeaux, France.

    you’ll find it here => http://www.bluephotographie.com/360/bordeaux/2km/

    By the way, Nice tutorial !



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Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D

We all knew it was coming, David Maguire of ESRI’s forthcoming own Virtual Earth – ArcExplorer – mentioned some time back that Microsoft were ‘hoovering up data’, but now its out in Beta Release, Microsoft’s Virtual Earth 3D is impressive. Running directly in the browser (IE, XPSP2 only) Microsoft currently feature 15 cities in 3D, but not the Google Earth type 3D, fully texture mapped 3D direct from the server.

Where as Google Earth’s 3D Warehouse allows similar detail, you have to download individual buildings and slow down is notable when over 5 or so landmarks are selected. Microsoft’s Virtual Earth however streams in the data in such a way that performance is impressive considering the amount of textures on display.

It is too early to do a Google vs Microsoft comparison, but for shear eye candy Virtual Earth is ahead of the game, albeit to a limited number of users. How did they make all of these models? Its basically all down to money. City building is still time consuming but if you have enough corporate backing they can be built and visualised. Below we feature a flythough of Boston for all those Firefox or Mac users out there that are unable to use Virtual Earth:

The question now is what happens to all the other visualisation companies building cities out there? Sure there will still be a market for high end visualisation but the bar just got raised, combine this with the forthcoming Microsoft Photosynth and a number of people (including myself) must be getting twitchy and looking at their CV’s.

Time for a new job? Do you want fries with that?

As a side note, they have not featured London yet, and we have a model ready to roll if anyones interested, they do however feature the London Eye which is back to front. Its good to know that even the big players need a little help sometimes..

Thanks goes to Frank from the Google Earth Blog for the heads up regards the beta release, we were too wrapped up modelling a church in Newham, London, to notice. A movie of which will be online soon…

Author Bio

Andy is Professor of Digital Urban Systems at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London.


  1. Anonymous - November 18, 2006

    very impressive – it is almost asking to combine this with Photosynth.

  2. Freudian Slip - November 27, 2006

    Very cool stuff. Love the picture of the Ferris wheel next to the White House. It wouldn’t surprise me if George Bush put one of those in there 🙂

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