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Sean Askay

Sean Askay
Developer Support Engineer, Google Earth Outreach, Google, Inc.


Sean Askay is a Developer Support Engineer on the Google Earth Outreach team, which aims to help non-profit organizations use mapping technology to further their missions.

Sean specializes in the innovative use of KML to create compelling content and has been a central force behind Google Earth’s Global Awareness layers. He is the creator of mapthefallen.org which maps 5500+ Iraq/Afghanistan solider casualties and hometowns. Sean also created the Apollo 11 tour for Moon in Google Earth, which was a groundbreaking using of the KML touring language.

Sean also develops and delivers training for Google’s mapping tools, including the 2008 trip to the Amazon and a 2009 trip to Africa working with indigenous and local communities on the use of mapping and internet technologies. Sean has a background in biology and environmental science and has worked on everything from visualization of wireless sensor networks to the study of ethnobotany and traditional agriculture in the South Pacific.


Location: Ballroom III Level: Intermediate
Sean Askay (Google, Inc.)
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Google Earth serves as a powerful platform for visualizing dense spatio-temporal datasets, as demonstrated by published and forthcoming KML projects presented during this talk. In particular, Map the Fallen (published on Memorial Day 2009) is a visualization of the 5500+ US and international soldiers that have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Read more.