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June 10th, 2010
World Cup 2010 Begins – Maps, Cartography and Images

The World Cup 2010 is set to begin. For the first time Africa will host the World Cup and a month long series of football games will keep everyone riveted to the their displays. We thought our readers would be interested in a summary of geospatial techologies and servics available for the event.

Spot Image kicks off with a look at the 10 stadiums of the World Cup in South Africa. The images were captured using the KOMPSAT-2 satellite.” Five of the stadiums have been renovated and the surrounding areas improved. The other five have been specially built. These satellite images show how the stadiums — a symbol of the new face of South Africa — integrate with the urban landscape.”

At half meter resolution, the GeoEye-1 satellite images of stadiums will undoubtedly capture attention with their clarity. “Circling over the stadiums from 423 miles in space, the satellite is travelling at 4 miles per second.”

AAM displays the stadiums of the World Cup in 3D from oblique angles using Pictometry. You can have a look at them from the side.

The Google Street View Gallery display all of the stadiums using their Streetview technology – hey, did they drive on the pitch – don’t want to see tire marks out there!

Meanwhile, Bing posts a large amount of services connected to the World Cup all based around Bing. Teams, stadiums, schedules…it’s all here.

The OpenStreetMap project has a number of locally generated maps and resources. This is the best bet for local resources to get where one is going and to learn about those places only the local population knows.

Finally, the main FIFA 2010 World Cup offical site has just about everything one might need to know about the competition and more.

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