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    Default New GPS data for darkest Africa

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    20/11/2006 12:19


    Although much of Africa still remains effectively unmapped, all that is rapidly changing thanks to a South African-based GPS data company - and the help of ordinary travellers.

    The latest layer of data provided to the famous Google Earth Internet satellite maps by Tracks4Africa now provides accurate information on roads, recreational trails, camping sites, lodges, businesses, information centres, and places of interest in rural Africa.

    The significance of this is immense for travellers, especially since the information has been provided free of charge by an international community of people who have a shared passion for Africa.

    It is this community that drives Tracks4Africa's process; people who enjoy to travel and experience Africa contribute their collective travel experience to Tracks4Africa which then validates this data and incorporates it into a unique map of Africa.

    "The people at Google have recognised a synergy between Tracks4Africa's information and Google Earth, which lead to an even more amazing and complete view of Africa," says Wouter Brand, CEO of Tracks4Africa.
    The detailed mapping system has far reaching benefits for adventure travellers, business operators, conservationists, researchers and other entities working in many of the rural parts of the continent.

    Tracks4Africa's initiative, in close consultation with conservation authorities, the Department of Environment Affairs and Tourism, the Peace Parks Foundation and NGO's affiliated with the United Nations, resulted in the release of the Tracks4Africa layer on Google Earth.

    Google Earth is a free 3D mapping service from search engine Google which enables anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to view satellite images and map data of the entire world.

    In addition to satellite images the user can also reference information such as roads, points of interest and so on.

    The Tracks4Africa Mapping Africa initiative is not aimed at mapping major urban centres - where good quality data usually already exists - but rather focuses on rural and remote Africa.

    Tracks4Africa also serves to impact positively on the small business initiatives (craft markets and community rest camps) of rural people. Tracks4Africa supports itself by selling T4A Maps Pro to the public for use on recreational GPS devices
    Visit www.tracks4africa.co.za to learn more about this initiative.

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    Have you looked at thse maps on Google Earth. I gather it's supposed to be under Featured Content but I don't see. I'm using Plus v4....

    Guess I'm just being dumb.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonB View Post
    Dirk

    Have you looked at thse maps on Google Earth. I gather it's supposed to be under Featured Content but I don't see. I'm using Plus v4....

    Guess I'm just being dumb.....
    On the side bar, Go to Layers, then Featured Content, select Tracks4Africa.

    See pics attached, first screen capture from T4A, then the same (Hennops) on GE.

    Lots of photo contributions as well.
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