Subjective Mapping?

May 3, 2010 at 12:56 pm (Uncategorized)

BBC just posted an article about how maps are subjective to the mapmaker’s intent and personal views, rather than objectively showing the world the way it really exists.  I feel that while many maps are objective, it is actually possible to create an objective map, as long as we limit the types of data shown.  Keeping with geographic information and eliminating other data can allow us to eliminate subjective input if that’s what we want.  As the article said, it’s certainly possible to create a map with unrealistic data, but the improved instruments available to us today should allow us to create a completely objective map.  As mentioned by one of the early comments to the aticle, we should soon be able to look at world maps in 3-D all the time, rather than having to worry about distortion from flat maps.  We can slowly eliminate subjective choices from basic mapmaking, although the insertion of additional data will make it harder and harder to keep the maps objective.

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