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Crowdsourced Cartography

February 2, 2012

Our recent work reminded me of this project that started a few years ago. Crowdsourcing and points of interest are really nothing new to the social web, but I thought this project was really interesting in that it actually allows you to edit the existing geographic structure.  As shown in the picture below, if you find inconsistencies between your map and the real world, you can go ahead and change it for yourself.  This really calls into question the role of the cartographer, as we discussed during the readings on Tuesday.  Not only is his role removed, but his original work can actually be changed.

Make your own roads!

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