This is a true 3D open source virtual globe using the latest web technologies: WebGL and Google’s Closure compiler. No plugins are required for modern browsers, and Internet Explorer users need only install the Chrome Frame plugin.
A full HTML5 WebGL virtual globe
Zoom into Switzerland and you’ll find detailed orthophotos of Switzerland from Swisstopo’s SWISSIMAGE data set draped over Swisstopo’s rich DHM25 terrain data set. OpenWebGlobe uses a Triangular Irregular Network model that offers both accurate representation and is low bandwidth.
Fine grained aerial imagery and TIN elevation for high quality rendering
Demonstration textured buildings were converted from the industry-standard Collada format and optimised for the web.
EPFL textured buildings using Collada and OGC KML
Swissborders displayed as an OGC WMS overlay layer
Behind the scenes, the application is hosted entirely in the cloud. 60 million image and elevation data tiles are hosted in on Amazon S3, and the application itself is served from load-balanced, redundant EC2 instances, all managed by Camptocamp.