[Geowanking] Just superimpose any old layer onto Google Earth

R E Sieber resieber at gmail.com
Sun May 3 13:04:01 PDT 2009

Old Japanese maps on Google Earth unveil secrets

TOKYO (AP) — When Google Earth added historical maps of Japan to its 
online collection last year, the search giant didn't expect a backlash. 
The finely detailed woodblock prints have been around for centuries, 
they were already posted on another Web site, and a historical map of 
Tokyo put up in 2006 hadn't caused any problems.

Google posted the maps as one of many "layers" available via its mapping 
software, each of which can be easily matched up with modern satellite 
imagery. The company provided no explanation or historical context, as 
is common practice in Japan. Its basic stance is that its actions are 
acceptable because they are legal, one that has angered burakumin leaders.

So should we build map products that always force collection of metadata 
and contextual information?

Perhaps, this is a place where the paleos matter (e.g., Denis Wood or 
Mark Monmonier or Brian Harley)... ;-)


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