GPS and Google Earth in Cooperation

4 years after review GvSIG and Cooperation, We are pleased to disseminate a new publication Arnalichm An organization of professionals created to enhance the impact of humanitarian actors with technical support, consultancy services and training in the field of drinking water supply and Environmental Engineering.

Gps and cooperationWe refer to the new book:

GPS and Google Earth in Cooperation.

The document positively abuses a level of simplicity, explaining in detail images, steps and chronological exercises the creation, sharing and collaborative use of geographic information using the resources that exist on the web, including Google Earth, Google Docs, GPS Babel, GPS Visualizer, Dropbox, among others.

It is definitely an important contribution in this time in which almost everything we do has a developmental background and we must demonstrate in a practical way. While the document does not focus on a broad level, let the gore see that with simple tools can show results.

The composition of the document is integrated in at least four sequential parts:

Google Earth

The first one talks about Google Earth, with elementary principles in the use of layers and use of the tool. It is obvious that this part is plenty for middle level users, however it is important the scope that this type of documents can have in a context of decision makers who are often people with a high specialty in the field of social development but with little update what can be done with basic computer tools.

Almost playing, Google Earth has become an invaluable tool for purposes Educational y Demonstrative Of the application of earth sciences that once could only be handled by specialists. On this, the document seems to focus its attention from a practical point of view with subjects like:

  • The assimilation of the concept of layers of information
  • Create points, lines and polygons
  • Open files kml / kmz
  • Upload images

In my opinion, it falls short in referring to how to make a kml file outside of Google Earth. Usually people have layers of type shape file, dwg or dxf that you expect to visualize in Google Earth, and I think that in this there could be a section that at least mentioned with what programs this conversion can be done.

GPS Compass

The second chapter focuses on the use of GPS, with a broader level for those who could underestimate the theme of the first chapter. Basics, very well explained, as it exists in other documents; But its added value is in the concatenation of topics, since outside of being a copied / pasted focuses on the simplicity of the one who does not know the subject but who has little time to understand it.

Apart from basic topics of cartography, projections, navigation theory, use and configuration of GPS, the most interesting is its link with Google Earth in continuity with the theme of the first chapter. For those who start in the GPS field this section is very good, a great effort to summarize the most important theoretical issues and empty them from a technical, practical and chronological point of view.


The third chapter is just exercises that go up from the degree of difficulty, from the creation of layers to the advanced use of Excel for thematic formulas in maps published on the internet from csv files.

Gps and cooperation

At this level, users who thought they knew everything about Google Earth can be surprised, because it shows how to make folders or a legend that is contained in the kmz and that can be seen by showing the layer in Google Earth.

Share and collaborate

Finally explains how you can work collaboratively using the Internet.

In conclusion: An important contribution in which we sure will find something new, but above all with which you can motivate people not started in this field to become passionate about geography.

I recommend to take a look and save it in your favorites because not every day arrive and stay online these news.

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The exercises in the book can be download here

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