- Japan has an large amount of online material about geospatial data, including
a large and active community of professionals and hobbyists using it, but there
is not much mutual knowledge with the rest of the world, presumably because
of the language barrier.
- For example, there are terrain visualization applications like
MAPCUBE which are largely unknown outside
- There is a Japanese DEM format (.mem) used only by the main agency to distribute
their data, Geographical Survey Institute
whose products are not free and cannot be ordered online.
Kyoto is a project of Ritsumeikan University.
- Although it is Windows-only and IE-only, the paging and detail is very
- Aerials for the whole city, extruded footprints for most buildings,
and nice models for a few landmarks and a few downtown streets and bridges
- It uses something called
UrbanViewer for Web which is an ActiveX control for content generated
- Older Japanese buildings such as
Machia present an interesting challenge to
parametric building representation.