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Edge Hill campus to appear on Google Street View
03 November 2010

By David Simister

The Google Street View trike on its visit to the Edge Hill Ormskirk campus.

Students at Edge Hill will have seen a strange sight on campus yesterday - a tricycle equipped with hi-tech cameras taking photos for Google!

The internet giant used the vehicle as part of its efforts to photograph the university's Ormskirk campus for its Street View service, meaning that in a matter of months anyone who uses the search engine will be able to tour the site virtually without setting foot there.

“Today we were visited by the Google Street View trike to take imagery of the Ormskirk campus. Unlike roads which are photographed using a car, private property like university campuses and Disneyland Paris are photographed using a trike allowing them to get along footpaths,” said Mike Nolan, the university's head of web services, in his blog about the visit.

“Most of the campus was covered today in just an hour or so but it’ll be somewhere between a couple of weeks and six months until it’s live on the website. Until then you can check out a (very) short video of the trike on campus.”

Ormskirk itself was added to Google Street View in March this year, which was photographed by specially-equipped cars which toured the town, along with roads across the rest of the country.

However the company used the tricycle instead to film the campus itself, due to it being able to access the many footpaths around the campus.

For more information on the trike visit Mike Nolan's blog by clicking here.


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