This is great news for developers looking to add intelligence to data in their map mashups. Bjørn announced the news on his blog, and he has a succinct description of TME:
The engine takes statistical data, spatial features and thematic mapping parameters as input and returns a KMZ file. This file can be viewed in Google Earth, or other geobrowsers supporting the KML standard. TME can be accessed from a web interface or a PHP script.
The engine can also be used as an API, and Bjørn has put together a PDF User's Guide. Before you get started, note that TME has the following requirements:
- PHP 5
- MySQL 5+
- Apache HTTP Server
- Ext JS 2.1
- Google Earth Plug-in
In addition to TME, Bjørn has also released an Ext JS extension for the Google Earth API, which generates an browser interface similar to that of Google Earth.
Nicely done, Bjørn!