August 29, 2008

From the UK - Map reading skills dying out - Paper vs Google Maps!

An interesting post on a cartography discussion list this AM references an article from the UK where claims from Mary Spence, the President of the British Cartographic Society, point out that children's Map reading skills are 'dying out due to internet and satnavs'. I like this reference... "Speaking at the Royal Geographical Society's annual conference in London, Ms Spence said internet maps such as google or multimap are often inconsistent and inaccurate. Also in the article...Ed Parsons, geospatial technologist at Google, said "the internet would not lead to the death of the paper map." This is definitely a fine topic to raise particularly as concepts of cartography, knowledge of spatial reference systems etc... are rarely discussed when one thinks of "internet mapping" - see more

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