Friday, June 28, 2013

We're In The Platinum Age Of Maps

Plotting the Landscape of Digital Information  

 

For this street map of the United States, pink shades represent roads that were mapped recently by OpenStreetMap users; bluer shades represent roads that were mapped years ago.

The 17th Century, particularly in The Netherlands, is considered the Golden Age of maps. The Dutch were spanning the globe for trade and their maps and atlases became lavish and colorful works of art depicting mysterious worlds encountered by explorers.

Fast forward to the 21st Century and with the ubiquity of GPS devices, navigational maps have more or less gone the way of the horse and buggy. But maps themselves are seeing a renaissance as the landscape of digital information needs plotting.
 
For the rest of the story: http://news.discovery.com/tech/gear-and-gadgets/new-platinum-age-maps-130627.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

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