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.

Problems with World Wind servers

Daniel Baker of Bull’s Rambles reports a growing problem with NASA’s World Wind servers.

As he says, the problem “seems to be getting worse”, but NASA is aware of the issue and they’re working hard to resolve it. In the meantime, you’re advised to set up a large cache and simply be patient.