Migrating from Google Earth to Cesium - How to begin your closed-to-open source success story


From 2008 until recently, the proprietary Google Earth ecosystem was the primary tool for 3D geospatial visualization on the web. However, Google announced that support for the Google Earth API and Google Earth plug-in will be discontinued early in 2016. As a result, many developers have looked to open source and open standards as a replacement solution in order to avoid the vendor lock-in they endured in the past.

The clear front-runner for filling this role is Cesium, an open source WebGL based JavaScript library for 3D globes and 2D maps. This presentation gives an overview of Cesium’s capability with a focus on highlighting the best practices for migrating from an existing Google Earth based solution to this open platform. This includes demonstrating how to use standard features such as KML, 3D models, imagery, terrain, and buildings, as well as giving insight into the required change in thinking when moving from the NPAPI plug-in based Google Earth to Cesium’s web based solution.

Attendees will come away with a good understanding of the differences between Cesium and Google Earth, potential problem areas they may encounter, and the resources available to help developers who want to begin the migration process.


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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 15:00 to 15:35