Creekipedia: A Google Earth Web Application

Creekipedia: A Google Earth Web Application

Client:  Friends of Stevens Creek Trail, Google
Tools:  JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5, CSS3, XML, Google Earth API

Sponsored by Friends of Stevens Creek Trail and funded by Google, Creekipedia is a Google Earth web application designed to promote greater understanding of the many interconnected natural and man-made elements within the Stevens Creek corridor. The creek runs through Silicon Valley from the mountains to the bay and is an important resource for the community. Friends of Stevens Creek Trail has worked with the adjoining cities to build a trail alongside the creek beginning at the bay. They are continuing work to extend the trail all the way to the creek source in the mountains.

VG worked closely with the team to create a site that met the three major goals: 1) an engaging and easy-to-use user interface suitable for the many different types of users; 2) flexible and expandable design to accommodate the addition of new data layers; 3) a standardized and simple method for acquiring data from community groups and adding the data to the application.

The user interface includes a custom map layer list, zoom-to-feature picklist, and the ability to view flyover tours. An administration module allows for the integration of additional content from varied sources. The initial set of data includes points along the Stevens Creek Trail and several layer derived from Watching Our Watersheds (WOW) data. The WOW data includes the creek network, historical information, geology, and earthquake faults.

Tools panel and map.

Popup info window and trail points.