GeoVRML Terrain Model

GeoVRML is an official Working Group of the Web3D Consortium chartered with the goal of developing solutions for representing geographical data using the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML). The desire is to enable georeferenced data, such as maps and 3D terrain models, to be viewed over the Web by a user with a standard VRML plugin for their Web browser.

SRI International is a major contributor to the GeoVRML effort and helped to produce the GeoVRML 1.0 specification and implementation. This is an official recommended practice of the Web3D Consortium and is being considered for inclusion in the next version of the VRML ISO specification. GeoVRML 1.0 defines a number of extensions (or "nodes") to VRML for supporting geographic applications.

We view GeoVRML as an important standards-based and open file format for representing Web-based 3D geographic data. GeoVRML can be used as way to publish accurately georeferenced 3D models that can be browsed by a number of freely-available software components. In essence, GeoVRML offers an open format with which to build the Digital Earth.

For further details, please refer to the GeoVRML web page at:



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Last updated: Friday, 13-Jan-2006 09:54:03 PST.