The Demise of the Paper Map
Published Tuesday, April 11, 2006 by CCAer | E-mail this post
As mentioned earlier in this blog
, Natural Resources Canada
will be dicontinuing the printing of its popular topographic maps series and make the maps available in digital format through the Internet. John Dawson, director of Natural Resources Canada, suggests in a Capital News Online
story that paper maps are an oboslete way of presenting geospatial information. “When you’re looking at over 14,000 map sheets at the scale of 1 to 50,000 to cover Canada, there’s no way we can keep that information, in a paper format, up to date.” Interactive web maps such as Google Earth have made it difficult for static paper maps to compete.
Brad Green of the World of Maps
map store in Ottawa diagrees. Natural Resources Canada brags “about it as if it’s some move to embrace the digital revolution, but that's just a smokescreen. It’s just an excuse to eliminate a service.” Green is concerned that costs for a printed map will climb and remte, less popular areas will be difficult to find.
Contrast this story with one that appears in The Business Review
. JIMAPCO, a map publisher in the Albany, New York area is “concluding that the products you get on the Internet, such as MapQuest, are helping to educate people about maps. So people who have never used a map before are inclined to check out something on MapQuest and it appears they are becoming acclimated to maps and going out and buying them.” (By way of All Points Blog
Read the Captial News Online story
and view images of the soon to be defunct warehouse