Back at the end of June, the O’Reilly media Where 2.0 conference took place in San Francisco and saw presentations from Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo amongst others on their perspective of the expanding mainstream GI market. The first audio recording from this conference is now available online at the ITConversations website.
The Past and Future of Mapping is a presentation by David Rumsey a well known map collector and historian who spends 30 minutes looking at the major historical developments in cartography and points out that we are revisiting many of the techniques of the past with the latest generation of web mapping sites. This is a very interest presentation well worth listening to.
I’m just disappointed with a comment David makes at the end of the podcast comparing the situation in the US where USGS makes available geodata at no change, with the OS policy of licensing geodata to fund its operations.
David comments, as do many, that OS geodata should be free – well perhaps he would like to send us all a copy of his book Cartographica Extraordinaire: The Historical Map Transformed” for free rather than charging $80 ? – but then again maybe he needs to recover the publishing costs of the book and make a little profit to expand his collection ?
Unlike the USGS the OS is not funded by the taxpayer, and like David the OS needs to cover its costs.
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