Cartography in the age of Google Maps

Google maps versus paper maps

Photo illustration by Mark Riechers. Original images by Tamas Tuzes-Katai (CC0) and oxana v (CC0).

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Mamata Akella is the former president of the North American Cartographic Information Society and chief cartographer for Felt, a digital mapping company. She creates maps for clients like the Smithsonian and the National Park Service. Akella argues that there are merits and serious downsides to paper and digital maps.