WorldWind finally gets road data… sort of

Philadelphia in WorldWind using OpenStreetMapOne of the problems with NASA WorldWind is that it uses public domain data, and most road data isn’t public domain.  Therefore, there really isn’t any road data in the application, which makes it far less usable.

However, OpenStreetMap data is public domain, and now you get get that data into WorldWind.   It takes a few steps to get it loaded, but Earth Is Square has the details.  Hopefully they can incorporate this data into a future release of the product so that more people can take advantage of it.

Comments

  1. “Therefore, there really isn’t any road data in the application, which makes it far less usable”

    Well.. that really depends on what you are doing, lack of roads does not mean that it is not usable. And if you NEEDED roads for your use, you could add in your own data.

  2. I didn’t say it wasn’t usable — just LESS usable.

    I guess that’s also a personal thing. I use the road info quite a lot, while others might not need it as often so it’s not as big of a deal. In any case, this is a nice development for WW.

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