lørdag, september 09, 2006

Bergen update in Google Earth and Google Maps

Finally I can see the house I am living in (and everything else around me) clearly in Google Earth (upper and lower picture from Bergen town centre and my flat, respectively) and Google Maps (middle picture, my flat)!

This is quite fantastic for how I can use Google Maps and Google Earth daily. Now I can plot my training from my GPS directly in Google Earth. I can put my photos into Google Earth at excactly the correct place. And so on. The only problem is that the altitude information for the Bergen area is quite poor, so the 3D terrain views are not so fantastic as they could be as the lakes and fjords climb up the mountains;)

Below you see the GPS track from part of a hike at Haugsdalshorgi/Toro this spring. With this new imagery, it looks a lot better than previously!

Long time no see

Long time since the last update here now. I have had 8 weeks of vacation - searching for (and finding) wonderful mountains and interesting orienteering. I will try to post some pictures and maps sometime when the days become shorter.

On the web, I have been busy making my orienteering site WorldofO.com even better. Also, I have worked quite a lot on the World Elite Runner profiles which are part of World of O. Furthermore, I have been making runner statistics from the worlds steepest race - "Stoltzekleiven opp" - which has about 2500 starters a year.

As a part of the "World of O"-page, I have also published a few articles there from the World University Champs and from the Norwegian Champs. I am very happy to see that these articles have had from 400 to 900 readers - that makes it worth it to write them!

Some statistics from the World of O:

  • Typical number of visits at the main pages each weekday: 1500-2000, depending on what is happening in the orienteering world. Somehwat more when there are championships - somewhat less in quiet periods. In the weekends, the number of visitors is a bit lower. The number of unique visitors is somewhat lower - 800-1000 a day.
  • Typical number of outgoing clicks to news stories: 1500-3000 each day, depending on how interesting stories people write;) Typically the number of clicks is a little bit higher than the number of visits.

  • All in all, numbers I am very satisfied with! Now more than 100 sites are included in World of O - which is a lot more than I planned for when I started this litte project around easter this year. Actually, the web site has had around 1000 visits a day or more since the first day it was released. That was unexpected!