X3D Earth: Open standard-based virtual globes for digital earth infrastructure

posted Dec 21, 2009, 8:54 PM by Byounghyun Yoo   [ updated Dec 9, 2014, 4:47 AM ]
Byounghyun Yoo, Don Brutzman, and Soonhung Han, International Symposium on Remote Sensing 2009, Busan, Korea, pp.293-296, October 28-30, 2009.

Abstract: Digital Earth is being re-evaluated and there are weakness and limitations in geobrowsers despite of its successful widespread adoption. Especially the interoperability of virtual globes, neutrality of digital earth model, and openness are tasks to be solved for putting forward the vision of the Digital Earth. This paper presents an open standard-based approach for digital representations of the Earth that enable a person to explore and interact with the vast amounts of natural and cultural information gathered about the Earth. The proposed approach is utilizing the Extensible 3D Graphics (X3D) Geospatial Component in order to guarantee interoperability of information interchange and prevent audience being bounded by single digital earth system that is statedly mass-market oriented such as Google Earth. The intent here is to provide a mechanism for producers to present and publish geospatial information and for users to navigate and search for it. This work facilitates users to build their own specially designed Digital Earth depending on their distinct set of needs for information visualization about our planet.

Keywords: digital earth, virtual globe, Extensible 3D Graphics (X3D) Geospatial Component, X3D Earth, GIS, spatial data infrastructures, interactive simulation interoperability

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Dec 4, 2011, 7:31 AM