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Date published: 2008/08/29

The BBC says:

Internet mapping is wiping the rich geography and history of Britain off the map, the president of the British Cartographic Society has said.

Mary Spence said internet maps such as Google and Multimap were good for driving but left out crucial data people need to understand a landscape.

Mrs Spence was speaking at the Institute of British Geographers conference in London.

Google said traditional landmarks were still mapped but must be searched for.

Ms Spence said landmarks such as churches, ancient woodlands and stately homes were in danger of being forgotten because many internet maps fail to include them.

How pathetic can you get. Google, and the others, provide bloody good mapping information pretty much for free (for usage by everyone, and for inclusion in non-commercial websites). Many landmarks (e.g. pubs, hotels, etc.) are there if you ask for them, they are just not drawn on the underlying raster map. Sure, the Ordnance Survey provides much better raster mapping, but the Ordnance Survey data costs an arm and a leg. If Mrs. Spence and the British Cartographic Society want Google to do better perhaps they should pay for the data to be included. Or perhaps they should start their own mapping company to show how it should be done. Meanwhile, the world will get on with using Google's maps. And no doubt the maps will get better in time. Needless to say, this is not the first, and it will not be the last time that a vacuous attack is made on the internet.

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