This is a bit of a 'discussion' needed post. I used to be a GIS geek once upon a time but changed jobs to do web front end stuff. I still try and keep my hand in a bit and as a result was asked by HP to write something on mapping. It turned into cloud vs desktop and I came down, because of my history, very firmly on the desktop side because I have a massive problem with copyright retention and also scaling and accuracy of cloud mapping.
The article is here. So far, anyone reading that article who knows nothing at all about GIS is going to get quite a one sided argument. A valid one, I hope, but there will be situations I've not thought of because I've not experienced them where cloud might be better. At the very least, a quick read and some feedback would be appreciated. I can be found on Twitter as @loulouk if you need to check I'm real ;O))
Edited by Hans van der Maarel, 12 July 2011 - 03:04 AM.
made link clicky