Using Google Imagery in ArcGIS

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04-20-2010 01:54 PM
MichaelTrevino
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Is there a way to use Google's Imagery in your ArcGIS map? I know you can use their street layers and such...I am looking for a way to do this either through GIS Servers probably by adding a WMS Server or a WCS Server? I think. So if thats the case I think I just need the correct URL to plug in...again I think...:) Thats why I'm asking.

Tanks in Advance!
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DavidWilliams
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If you're currently using 9.3.1 and current on maintainance you can access Bing Maps,
see http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisonline/bing-maps.html
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YurikoHashimoto
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It is my understanding that Google imagery copyright issues makes it illegal to use as a layer in ArcGIS whereas MS and ESRI were able to work out an agreement for Bing Maps as suggested above. There are several hacks out there that allow one to display Google imagery but the legality of such an application is questionable.
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DmitryAleshkovsky
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You can use static map like WMS-server from Google, but it will slow
http://code.google.com/intl/en/apis/maps/documentation/staticmaps/

If You need to get Google maps in the Desktop, please, give me your contact
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JakubSisak
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Is there a way to use Google's Imagery in your ArcGIS map? I know you can use their street layers and such...I am looking for a way to do this either through GIS Servers probably by adding a WMS Server or a WCS Server? I think. So if thats the case I think I just need the correct URL to plug in...again I think...:) Thats why I'm asking.

Tanks in Advance!


You can purchase the imagery direct from DigitalGlobe. Minimum order is about 25km2 which can be obtained for about 375USD.  (Natural color Quickbird) 4-band near infra red is sligltly more expensive.
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AmySteiger
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Google Earth Pro
As long as you don't on-sell the data
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MichalBrach
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You can use static map like WMS-server from Google, but it will slow
http://code.google.com/intl/en/apis/maps/documentation/staticmaps/

If You need to get Google maps in the Desktop, please, give me your contact


Hi!
I'd like to see google maps (images) in ArcMap. Is it possible??

all the best

michal
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JakubSisak
Regular Contributor II
Hi!
I'd like to see google maps (images) in ArcMap. Is it possible??

all the best

michal


Possible yes but not legal.

"Use in Software including GIS software, flight simulators etc: You may not scrape or otherwise export Content from Google Maps or Earth for use within another application."

http://www.google.com/permissions/geoguidelines.html
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JohnSobetzer
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It looks to me that a lot of their imagery, at least for the US, is from the USDA NAIP program.  You can get that in county wide mosaics ready to use in ArcMap from the USDA Data Gateway.  Files can be rather large.
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FallTroy
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It looks to me that a lot of their imagery, at least for the US, is from the USDA NAIP program.  You can get that in county wide mosaics ready to use in ArcMap from the USDA Data Gateway.  Files can be rather large.


Also most states have free aerial imagery that is provided by the state on a "GIS Clearinghouse" website. Usually these images are way better than Google Imagery and easier to manage. Microsoft's Bing has aerial imagery for the entire world that is very comparable to Google Earth.

I've heard this question come up alot and I have to ask why try and use Google Earth imagery when there are better and easier options out there?
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