Google Earth and Google Maps offer exciting possibilities in terms of displaying regional data. Google Earth allows you to go anywhere on Earth to view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings and even explore galaxies in the Sky. You can explore rich geographical content, save your toured places and share with others.
One of the goals of the ABS is to improve statistical literacy. By bringing data to life in this way, the public can better interpret our data and use it to make informed decisions.
You can either install Google Earth (any version from 4.1 to latest) for the full 3D effect, or by entering the URL of the KML file in the Google Maps search box you will see the overlay in simple 2D.
URL of KML file: http://betaworks.abs.gov.au/betaworks/betaworks.nsf/projects/googleearth/ge1.exportsimports/Exports&Imports-%20NSW,Vic,%20Qld%20ports.kml
Example: Exports and Imports data
Use Google Earth to explore see the location of Australian shipping ports. By clicking on a port, you can also see the value of exports and imports.