Non-Profits Can Apply for Free Access to Google Earth Pro
By Sally Wakefield, 1000 Friends of Minnesota
Google Earth recently launched a new “Outreach Initiative” to connect Google Earth users and support extended uses of the software. According to Google, the purpose of the initiative is to “empower non-profit groups with the resources, tools, and inspiration that they need to leverage the power of Google Earth for their cause. This is where public service groups can find online guides and video tutorials, inspiring case studies and a gallery of high-quality, public-benefit KML.”
Google Earth Pro provides expanded capabilities from what is available in the free version, including GIS data import functions, movie output, high resolution printing and more. Google Earth Pro is regularly priced at $400.00.
1000 Friends of Minnesota has been utilizing the free version of Google Earth over the past year to help citizens and others not trained in GIS to view GIS data in an easy-to-use browser format, thus increasing awareness and understanding of land-based data. With the Pro version provided through the grant, 1000 Friends of Minnesota now has expanded capacity to use visualization strategies to engage citizens and local government officials in the community planning process.
1000 Friends encourages other non-profit groups to consider applying to this helpful grant program.