[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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