British Cartographic Society President: Internet Maps Threaten Old Landmarks

British Cartographic Society president Mary Spence speaking at a Royal Geographic Society conference voiced concern that online maps are failing to include key points of interest such as churches and stately homes thus effectively wiping them off the map. She’s also concerned that adult use [word added; was missing] of online maps and sat navs mean children are not learning to read maps. Not to worry says Ed Parsons of Google, online maps are customizable; the data is there, you just need to find or create it.

This feels like a ploy to draw attention to the BCS. If so, it’s working; there’s lots of coverage. Perhaps we should simply encourage the society to devote these energies to promoting more/better geographic literacy worldwide?

Full story with quotes at The Telegraph, via The Press Association


Published Friday, August 29th, 2008

Written by Adena Schutzberg