MAPS AND THE INTERNET: WHAT A MESS IT IS AND HOW TO FIX IT!
The promise of the Internet for cartography
has faded into stark realities of commercialism, connectivity problems and
confusion about what represents quality in Internet mapping. Despite considerable effort with online
vector formats, including SVG, raster maps still predominate on the Web. Interaction with the online map, the single
greatest advantage of maps and the new medium, has been either poorly
implemented or not incorporated at all with many online maps. The commercial aspect of the Internet has
been turned upside down. We pay to
access the Internet, not for its content.
As a result, there is little competition, other than for bragging
rights, and little incentive to create quality content. On top of this, in many parts of the world,
A de-centralized system like the Internet
is impossible to fix in traditional ways.
There is no editor or manager who can control its content. Even large countries like