chrb writes: "Following on from the discussion about Apple disabling GPS in Egyptian iPhones, we have a new case of the conflict between the traditional secrecy of government, and the widening availability of cheap, accurate GPS devices around the world. On 5th December, two software engineers employed by Biond Software in India were arrested for mapping highways using vehicle based GPS devices. Further evidence against the pair emerged when it was found that a laptop they had been using in the car contained some photos of the local airforce base. The company claims they had been commissioned by Nokia Navigator to create maps of local roads and terrain. Following an investigation by the Anti Terrorist Squad of Gujarat the cartographers have now been charged with violating the Official Secrets Act and will remain in custody."
Field checkers beware.
Interesting story. Thanks for sharing Nat.
I've been wanting to write a post for some time now inquiring how many of us mappers actually go out in to the field and verify our mapping work. Obviously, it would be impossible to verify every minute detail of our maps, but I'm curious if any of us field verify the main meat of the map. If so, how often? I have been mapping for several years now and have only just begun to get out in the field and create the data that I am mapping. However, this is still an elusive thing and usually I am simply mapping data that others have developed (and often verify the information).