With all the Google/SketchUp buzz, I thought this was worth mentioning: a very cool (interactive 3D global information data visualization page (Link). Here’s what the people behind it say:
Global-i is a 3-dimensional interactive globe that displays information about the world in your browser. The Earth can be rotated and inspected and displays can be changed to see information in the most appropriate form.
Global-i has been described as “A Global Marketer’s Dream” but it is not just for marketers or ecomomists. It is for anyone who wants to learn about the world and what makes it go round. By viewing this information in context, the world makes more sense. At present the emphasis is on economic data and there is plenty of other information too – health, infrastructure, energy, military………..and more – from present day back to 1960 and we are adding to this list all the time.
I only played with it for a few minutes so I don’t know much about it. However, this reminds me of another Flash-based 3D globe I surfed through previously. Maybe they’re related.