A BBC Report on how tribal people in Africa are using advances in global positioning satelltite (GPS) technology to map out cultural resources in their forest habitat, with the aim to protect both from loggers:

Internet technology is a disrupting force. What that means is that industries (in a wide range of areas) are having new tools introduced that are dramatically changing way things are done. One such area is what is known as GeoWeb, jargon for websites that deal with online mapmaking. A recent article talks about the explosion in users working with mapmaking technologies online:

With the help of simple tools introduced by Internet companies recently, millions of people are trying their hand at cartography, drawing on digital maps and annotating them with text, images, sound and videos.In the process, they are reshaping the world of mapmaking and collectively creating a new kind of atlas that is likely to be both richer and messier than any other. They are also turning the Web into a medium where maps will play a more central role in how information is organized and found.

There really is no limit to what the technology can allows users to do.  It will teach people to think in new and different ways about the environment they live in. Platial, a mapmaking service that bills itself as the “People’s Atlas” and Green Map Systems, a collection of maps from around the globe that help communities map out all sorts of resources are examples of the democratizing power of the web.

From the GMS website:

Green Map System supports local Green Mapmakers as they create perspective-changing community ‘portraits’ which act as comprehensive inventories for decision-making and as practical guides for residents and tourists.Mapmaking teams pair our adaptable tools and universal iconography with local knowledge and leadership to chart green living, ecological, social and cultural resources.

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