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About This Tutorial

Google Earth Enterprise Fusion is designed for organizations that want to display their own geospatial data in Google Earth and Google Maps. You can use it to create graphically rich geographic information system (GIS) databases for distribution to your customers or in-house end users. With Google Earth Enterprise Fusion, you can integrate your own geospatial data, publish it to the Google Earth Enterprise Server, and view it using Google Earth Enterprise Client (EC), the Google Maps API, or the Google Earth API.

Before you begin working with real data in Google Earth Enterprise Fusion, it is important for you to familiarize yourself with the process of defining and building different types of data. This tutorial provides a series of exercises that you can perform in an environment where it is all right to make mistakes. Once you start working with real data, it will be more difficult to correct mistakes, so please take your time working through the tutorial until you feel comfortable with Google Earth Enterprise Fusion.

The Basic Tasks section of this tutorial guides you through building a Google Earth Enterprise Fusion database from raw source material, and publishing it using the Google Earth Enterprise Server, using the tutorial files provided on the Google Earth Enterprise Fusion installation DVD.

Note: Work through the first five lessons in order.

The Advanced Tasks section of this tutorial guides you through more advanced topics. You can work through the advanced lessons in any order you wish. Alternatively, you can skip the Advanced Tasks section until you want to learn about something new. Then, you can come back to the tutorial and work through the lessons of your choice.


This guide is intended for individuals who are new to Google Earth Enterprise Fusion. It assumes that you have some familiarity with GIS data and have used a Google Earth client, but have no familiarity with this application. It also assumes that Google Earth Enterprise Fusion, the Google Earth Enterprise Server, and Google Earth EC have been installed either on a network drive accessible to you or on your local workstation. If any of those three applications are not installed, contact your system administrator or refer to Installation overview.

In This Guide

This guide provides five basic lessons and nine advanced lessons.

The Basic Tasks section includes:

  1. Setting Up the Tutorial
  2. Defining and Building Resources
  3. Defining and Building Projects
  4. Defining and Building Databases
  5. Publishing and Viewing a Database

The Advanced Tasks section includes:

  1. Configuring Display Rules for Point Data
  2. Configuring Display Rules for Polygon Data
  3. Importing and Exporting Style Templates
  4. Configuring a Searchable Database
  5. Specifying Search Fields for Individual Layers
  6. Creating a Map Database
  7. Creating Imagery Mosaics
  8. Segmenting Large Imagery Files
  9. Creating a Historical Imagery Project

Appendix A: Sample Data Files provides a list of all of the sample data files included when you install the tutorial data.