Click on the links below to download BFRO.net Layers for Google Earth. You only need to install
these layers one time in your Google Earth program, and they will automatically update
themselves every time you launch Google Earth and periodically while you keep it open.
New Additions to BFRO.net
This layer shows the positions of reports
added to the BFRO database over the past three months. Some
of the reports are recent incidents, but many are not.
All Reports on BFRO.net
This layer shows all published reports in the BFRO database that have specified locations.
(which is almost all of them)
All of the reports are relevant for geographic analysis because they show patterns of possible
Google Earth is a free, downloadable
software program that shows images of the Earth from the sky. Google
Earth can show the landscape in three dimensions from any angle. It also
allows the user to zoom in and fly through the landscape like a flight
A Google Earth "layer" displays a set of geographic
points overlayed on satellite imagery.
The automatically generated BFRO.net Layers were created by Vaughn Hughes, a software engineer in Oregon, and
are dynamically generated in real-time from the live BFRO.net database.
IMPORTANT: When you first open the layers in Google Earth, you will
not see many report icons. You must slide the Reports Timeline margin
to the right to see more of the reports. Expand the timeline
in both directions to see all the points for reports
recently added to the BFRO database.
If you click the footprint icons in the layers, it will show report
details in a pop-up balloon.
Request to witnesses: Please help us make these points more accurate.
This Google Earth layer was made public in May of 2008. When we released it we knew some of the locations were not perfectly accurate, but we felt it would be easier and faster to correct the mistakes if we released the file to the public and asked witnesses to correct us where necessary.
To correct a location for a report, you'll need to send us the correct Lat/Long coordinates in decimal degrees format. The Internet makes this very easy now. There is more than one free online mapping system that can quickly tell you the Lat/Long of a specific point on a map in decimal degrees (e.g. 33.504463, -117.649618) . One of those system is Yahoo Maps.
To use Yahoo Maps to get the correct coordinates, go to Yahoo Maps then go to a map for a particular area, zero in enough to view the level of detail needed to determine where a particular incident happened. Move the cursor over the area/spot, right mouse button click and choose "Drive from here..." option. Once the option is selected, an "A" icon will display, hover over the "A" to get the Latitude & Longitude in decimal degrees of the location. Contact us, tell us the report number and the corrected Latitude & Longitude.
Google Maps has the same ablility to mark Latitude & Longitude for a location. When you right mouse button click choose "Directions from here".