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Here is a link to an article in Spiegel that discusses Google Earth. It's not the best writing, nor the best information on the subject - however it points to a much wider audience and suggests that increased spatial information can help the public understand scientific information.

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The article was soundly beaten on the Canadian Cartographer?s blog. I think wrongfully. The article points to all the things that lacking interoperability and datasets lead to.
Cartography and Geoinformatics have failed to adress the most common and most basic task: showing What is Where.
Sure, GIS is way moe powerful. Sure for real geoscience you?ll still need a GIS. But humanity as a whole benefits more from knowing What is Where on a consistent basis, than trying to figure out the Why on specific subjects.

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