October 28, 2010
I think I'm about to ask a loaded question. It stems from a presentation I attended a couple of weeks ago at the NACIS Annual Meeting (North American Cartographic Information Society). It's about maps and mobile devices. Are you ready? (Am I ready for your answers?) Here goes:
What kind of features would you like to see in a map that would live on your mobile device while on a bicycle tour?
Other questions that flow logically after this one:
While we believe that paper maps are a long way from falling entirely out of fashion, and we're not alone in that belief according to this article, "Don't Throw Away Your Paper Maps Just Yet," we know that eventually our maps will be available electronically. The road to getting there is unclear and not on the immediate agenda but it is time to start thinking seriously about what you -- the users of our maps -- want and what it would take for us to make it available to you. Let us know what you are thinking and we'll begin compiling your input for this future development.
GEOPOINTS BULLETIN is written by Jennifer 'Jenn' Milyko, an Adventure Cycling cartographer, and appears weekly, highlighting curious facts, figures, and persons from the Adventure Cycling Route Network with tips and hints for personal route creation thrown in for good measure. She also wants to remind you that map corrections and comments are always welcome via the online Map Correction Form.