Google Earth Comes to Uganda

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Google Earth, a software application that enables people and organisations to map their own surroundings and to beam to the world issues that affect them has been launched in Uganda.

The software application was invented by several engineers at Silicon Valley, the world's top technology hub. The application provides a parallel way of searching the earth instead of typing in text online, you fly virtually into that place.

Rebecca Moore, the manager of Google Earth Outreach explained to Business Vision that the product is the most realistic virtual global search available today. The application is a high resolution satellite energy that provides map data images like roads and other salient features on earth.

"Organisations are now using Google Earth to raise awareness. One of the features is that anybody can contribute to Google earth by posting images," said Moore.

The most realistic application that Uganda can adapt is the use of Google Earth to promote her tourism as it is done in New Zealand and Egypt where the application is used to beam tourist sites. It can also be used to raise awareness about endangered habitats and species.

The United Nations Environment Programme has for instance posted an atlas on Google earth tours of the social and political pressures on Mabira forest, one of the few surviving natural forests in central Uganda.

Google Earth was launched in Uganda recently at the Speke Resort Munyonyo at the premier Africa Geographic Information Systems, a premier mapping conference for Africa.

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