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April 2012

Google Earth Outreach website gets a new look (currently US only)
There’s no better way to get inspired to create your game-changing map than hearing the stories of others who have accomplished it, like those organizations featured in our video above. To provide inspiration, we invite you to check out the new Success Stories section of our Google Earth Outreach website. Along with a completely new look and feel, our website now allows you to learn all about many different organizations using maps for good. For example, you can read about how the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation partnered with Google to collect Street View imagery for the Amazon in order to collect ground-level images of the Rio Negro and its tributaries, Amazon riverside communities, and a trail into the Amazon Rainforest, or how Architecture for Humanity uses Google SketchUp Pro to design architectural solutions for communities in need.

Once you’ve read through the stories and have an idea of what you might like to create, you can browse through our tutorials or request a software grant of our enterprise-level grade products like Google Earth Pro. Or, if you want to get an overview of all the tools available to you from Google, you can check out our Explore Tools page where - for the first time - we give an overview of all Google mapping tools available (both free and pro) to nonprofits. If you’re looking for additional training beyond the tutorials, you can check out our Events page where you can see where Google Earth Outreach will be next and learn where they’ve been in the past (includes rich resources created for past workshops).

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Now, get started creating maps that matter!

Focus on.....Save the Elephants.

As you’ve just read above, we’ve added a Success stories section to the new website where you can take inspiration from other organisations that have successfully used Google Earth to tell their stories. One of these, is Save the Elephants who have been using Google Earth in their work to track, study, and protect elephants from poaching with geofences and satellite collars on elephants.

Although the ivory trade has been banned for over two decades, the threat of poaching remains. By using Google Earth, Save the Elephants are able to visualize tracking data which comes from collars that have been fitted to the elephants. This has also allowed them to see the potential risks of human-elephant interactions. The information gleaned from this tracking project has resulted in the construction of a corridor and a highway underpass to give the elephants safe migration areas between Mt. Kenya and the Lewa/Borana region to the north.

You can also visit the Outreach Showcase to view a KML file (the file format for Google Earth) and explore how they’ve adopted Google Earth’s technology for use in their work.

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We'll see you next month! In the meantime, you can stay in touch with the latest news from @earthoutreach on Twitter!