ERIC Number: ED441469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Aug
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The Impermanence of Maps in the Information Age.
This paper addresses the library collection development of spatial information in cartographic format. Highlights include: the impermanent nature of maps; changes in spatial information creation, storage, processing, and management resulting from developments in computer-based information technology; steps required to download the digital version of a USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) map; acquiring map material that is not in a standard distribution network; MapQuest, an Internet mapping business; and Mapnet, a tool for visualizing the Internet. The following observations are noted in conclusion: (1) maps, either paper or digital, are elusive; (2) maps are transformative; (3) libraries have well-defined roles; and (4) networked maps are innovative and unpredictable. (MES)
Descriptors: Cartography, Information Technology, Internet, Library Collection Development, Library Role, Maps, Preservation
For full text: http://www.ifla.org/IV/ifla65/papers/152-94e.htm.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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