With Tools on Web, Amateurs Reshape Mapmaking

On the Web, anyone can be a mapmaker. With the help of simple tools introduced by Internet companies recently, millions of people are trying their hand at cartography, drawing on digital maps and annotating them with text, images, sound and videos.

In the process, they are reshaping the world of mapmaking and collectively creating a new kind of atlas that is likely to be both richer and messier than any other. >>Full Story

Thoughts// Yet another illustration that “mashups” have come a long way since Google and other providers released their API to the public back in 2005. This article refers to how new tools such as Google’s My Maps and MSN’s Collections—both of which allow users to create custom “mashups” without any technical knowledge—have transformed the web into “a medium where maps will play a more central role in how information is organized and found.”

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