Google is solidifying its reputation as the go-to source for Internet users around the world. The company launched on Thursday the World Wonders Project, an offshoot of its Cultural Institute.
The World Wonders Project offers virtual and interactive tours of 132 ancient and cultural sites located in 18 countries, including Stonehenge, Pompeii, Shark Bay (Australia), and Yosemite National Park.
To implement this ambitious project, Google relied on its Street View technology, which is used on Google Maps and Earth to provide panoramic views of street in cities around the world, as well as 3D models and YouTube videos.
“Most [historic sites] could not be filmed by car, so we used camera-carrying trikes to pedal our way close enough,” says Melanie Blaschke, Product Marketing Manager, on Google’s Official Blog.
In an effort to make the user experience even more authentic, Google also partnered with prominent organizations like UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace. These organizations provided official information and photographs for many of the sites.
“We hope World Wonders will prove to be a valuable educational resource for students and scholars,” adds Blaschke. “A selection of educational packages are available to download for classroom use; you can also share the site content with friends.”
Interested in taking a tour of some Canadian landmarks? Right now, the World Wonders Project features three: Québec City (Historic District), Ottawa’s Rideau Canal and the Old Town of Lunenberg (Nova Scotia).
To start using Google’s latest tool, visit http://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/worldwonders/. You can also access it directly from your Google Homepage.
Have you tried the World Wonders Project? If so, what do you think?
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