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Google Earth Pro is now free

GoogleEarthGreat news from Google – the Pro version of Google Earth is now free!   Features in Pro that were not in Google Earth include the ability to compute distances and area with built-in measurement tools, and to print high resolution images.

Learn more, and download, here.  When installing, use your email address and the key GEPFREE.   And while you’re exploring the site, have a look at the Maps section and Historical Imagery section.  The sky’s the limit…

Mapping LA’s Historic Places

Pereira & Luckman, Airport Theme Building Exterior and Interior Lobby, LAXThe Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources (OHR) has partnered with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) to create and launch HistoricPlacesLA: Los Angeles Historic Resources Inventory, the “first online information and management system specifically created to help inventory, map, describe, and protect Los Angeles’ significant cultural resources.”

HistoricPlacesLA is published through Arches, a open-source geospatial software system for cultural heritage inventory and management. The software allows searches for specific buildings or browsing by themes and neighborhoods. The inventory itself is still in progress and community residents and organizations are encouraged to contribute information.

via LA Times

LA Public Library strikes it rich with map collection

A real estate  agent with a sharp eye has saved a treasure trove of maps from a Los Angeles home set for demolition.  As reported in the LA Times today, the agent was tasked with clearing out the house so it could be torn down, and came upon thousand and thousands of maps.  The occupant, who died in February, had been quietly collecting maps for many years and stashing them in every nook and cranny.   They included every kind of map of the LA region going back many decades, several copies of the Thomas Guide first edition, as well as a 1592 map of Europe.  The Library staff say this windfall will bring their map collection into the calibre of the top five in the country, including the Library of Congress.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and Google Earth map Land art

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA has teamed up with Google Earth to provide interactive maps of works in the current exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 by “pinpointing their original locations to demonstrate the global nature of Land art and its relationship to real places and times.” Users can see both aerial photographs and street views of the sites as well as background information and contemporary images of each work as installed.

Most complete topographic map of Earth published

NASA ASTER, Los Angeles basinThis week NASA and ASTER (Japan’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) released a new and more complete digital topographic map of Earth. Best of all, it is available online to users everywhere at no cost.

NASA’s press release is here, with links to downloading the ASTER global digital elevation model

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