Using Google Earth to Analyse the Rebranding of El Raval, Barcelona
Google Earth is one of the most user friendly and simple Geographical Information Systems (GIS) products. GIS is simply
digital information added to a digital map in different layers.
1. To open Google Earth, click on: START > ALL PROGRAMS > SUBJECT RESOURCES > GEOGRAPHY (left) >
GOOGLE EARTH (TOP ONE)
2. Check that the opening screen looks like the screen dump below. If it doesn’t then you may need to move
Type in a place. Remember to Add a photo onto your
unclick the little box below to map. This is a little tricky
take the label off before at first but looks Add placemark and
starting your work impressive! Change direction (spin)
These are your
saved layers of Move around
information. I have (mouse does the
lots but you won’t same when held
have much yet! down)
When you start
they will appear Change elevation
here. (height). Zoom in
and out (scroll
wheel on mouse
does the same).
If you zoom up
really close, the
Slider to switch view changes
between layers angle to give you
These are the side view.
standard layers of
can click on the + to
see more. Click on the square to turn on. Some layers eg 3D buildings only work in certain locations eg big cities and take a lot of time to upload.
3. In the shared resources drive, open geography > Google earth kmz files > El Raval
4. The file should appear in Google earth, showing up in the my places menu and looking like the screen dump below
Files appear in
5. Use placemarks to label and annotate the following important features of El Raval. Explain how each one has
influenced the rebranding of El Raval.
University of Barcelona
Museum of art and culture
The Ramblas (Main tourist area)
Rambla del Raval
Centre for cinematography (under construction).
6. Right click on the green shaded area of zone 1. Click properties and a box should appear.
7. Write a short introduction to Zone 1 in the box and click ok.
8. Click add > photo and add one photo of each site. You will need to play around with the settings to be able to see
them in the correct place.
9. We are now ready to add your results in the form of graphs to the map. We will use a website that allows graphs to
be displayed in google earth.
10. Go to the website www.richchartlive.com.
11. Find the worksheet “Index of Services and Amenities” Add up a total for each of the services after working out wxn.
i. In richchartlive click start now for free > go
ii. In series style choose a pie chart like the one shown.
iii. Delete series 2 and 3 to leave only 1.
iv. Rename the rows as the services as shown on the sheet.
v. Rename the tooltips the same as the service.
vi. Delete the links.
vii. Choose your preferred colours in the manage rows section.
viii. Animate as you wish.
ix. When you are sure you are finished, click publish >
embed chart in blog
x. Copy the code and paste into the properties box linked to
the desired zone in google earth. Make sure you leave a
line space in-between any other writing you have already
done in the box
xi. Complete graphs for the other three zones making sure
that all colours and styles are the same.
xii. Save your work to My Places. Save to VLE.
12. Analyze the data in the properties boxes and answer this question: “How and why are the types of services and
amenities different in two contrasting zones of El Raval, Barcelona?” (10)