Just listening to the conference call on the Tom Tom acquisition of Tele Atlas one of the major drivers behind the deal is the recognition of an ecosystem between PND’s capturing geospatial data and traditional “professional” GIS data capture techniques.
Without community generated content, in a online future if will not be possible to provide the expected level of currency of data – Strong stuff but hard to argue with.
If this is not a wake-up call for the traditional mapping organsiations I don’t know what else is !!
Written and Submitted from the Google Office, London.