Google is our best co-worker, but sometimes the worse. How many time have you lost yourself in the Google world? Now we can end to play with the daily doodle and go to see Nijo Castle in Kyoto or Stonage, and not only with Google Image or Google Street View. Indeed at the end of May Google lunched in Madrid World Wonders Project, the latest creation from the Paris-based Google Cultural Institute.
How you can read in World Wonders Project website the
“Google World Wonders Project is a platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online. Using Street View, 3D modeling and other Google technologies, we have made these amazing sites accessible to everyone across the globe. With videos, photos and in-depth information, you can now explore the world wonders from your armchair just as if you were there.”
In its home you find a world where you can choose with a click one of the 132 heritage sites worldwide and start the tour in your language. Crossan, Google Director Cultural Institute, and his teams are using the typical car-mounted scanners, said Street View guru and World Wonders chief engineer Luc Vincent. They are working to add more sites as soon as they receive permission to scan them.
What’s more the platform has the educational section for the primary and secondary school: in this part teachers and students can download several history and geography lesson plans and presentations for free, a new way to learn these subjects. For the future Google is looking for more partnership with educational institutions, providing access to this project students and teachers in the educational packages.
Google finances all of the projects and no money changes hands with partners or museums. Nor will the platform feature any advertisements or pop-up windows for travel agencies.
“Google is committed to preserving and promoting the culture of any kind online. World Wonders project brings to life many important historical sites of the planet, making them accessible to a global audience unprecedented” added Steve Crossan.
For sure it is a very interesting project in which we can say how new technologies and the mass communication can be a good instrument to improve a knowledgeable cultural tourist traffic. People can explore beautiful places to be seen through internet, and they will more likely to go and visit. For example at Pompeii visitors increased by 30 percent the archeological site’s launched on street view.