By Deane Barker on July 21, 2004

Curiosity Built the Database: Microsoft’s TerraServer — the massive GIS and aerial photo archive — has been made available as a Web service called TerraService. There’s apparently a .Net API for it.

In addition to the 1,500 people programming against the TerraService daily, two impressive organizations have taken advantage of the metadata in TerraServer. When TerraService was just a twinkle somewhere in Tom’s mind, Dan Fay from the University Relations group at MSR contacted a professor at MIT. The professor agreed it would be a good idea to have students at MIT program their own map services using TerraServer.