Free 3D Virtual Globe Java API and SDK

World Wind is an open source API for a virtual globe written in Java – the project is curated by NASA and released under the NASA Open Source Agreement (NOSA).

The most basic usage of the SDK displays the default globe with its default layers - it requires only 6 lines of code to instantiate everything seen here.

World Wind provides a rich set of features for displaying and interacting with geographic data and representing a wide range of geometric objects.

On the goworldwind.org pages there is a getting-started guide, impressive list of features, demos and examples.

Among the features are

  • Open-source, high-performance 3D Virtual globe API and SDK
  • Adds geographic visualization to any application
  • Runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and in web pages
  • Huge collection of high-resolution imagery and terrain from NASA servers
  • Open-standard interfaces to GIS services and databases
  • Large collection of geometric and geographic shapes
  • Uses Java and OpenGL
  • and more …

I’m not sure if the common phrase “It’s not exactly rocket-science, or is it?” applies here. 😉

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  1. #1 by cistronic on 2012/03/08 - 11:51

    An online-resource to maps of the world with a more historic angle is at
    http://www.oldmapsonline.org/

  2. #2 by cistronic on 2012/04/12 - 11:32

    Similar resources of interest :
    The Marble Project
    http://edu.kde.org/marble/
    and MapServer (an Open Source platform for publishing spatial data and interactive mapping applications)
    http://mapserver.org/

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