Chapter 22: Conclusion and the Future of Cybercartography
D. R. Fraser Taylor¹, Tracey P. Lauriault²
¹Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
²National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis (NIRSA), National University of Ireland at Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Republic of Ireland; Member of the Geomatics and Cartographic Research Centre (GCRC), Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
This chapter considers some of the directions for future work in cybercartography. The preceding 21 chapters show the impressive achievements since the first edition of the book was published in 2005. Cybercartography is now on a much stronger footing both theoretically and in terms of established practice, especially as these relate to indigenous mapping but major challenges remain including the need to integrate cybercartography more effectively with other initiatives, especially emerging spatial data infrastructures in the rapidly emerging ‘Age of Location’. Of special interest is the need to ensure that indigenous and traditional knowledge is effectively integrated into spatial data infrastructures and that northern peoples have the infrastructure to take full advantage of the power of geographic information management. This chapter will also consider other challenges for cybercartography such as the growing individualization of mapping technologies that have design, and legal and ethical implications, the need to preserve cultural heritage, and the need to scale up cybercartography in the era of big data.
Keywords: Age of location; Big data; Geographic information management; Individualization of mapping; Spatial data infrastructure.