book linked to this website was conceived as dividing naturally into
four parts. The first two chapters set the scene, the next two consider
the users' perspective, Chapters 5 to 7 concentrate on the principles
and practice of putting maps on the Web and Chapters 8 to 12 illustrate
web mapping by taking examples from fields where it is already important.
What is next?
The next technological 'sub-revolution' (WAP), will bring the power
of the Internet to Personal Digital Assistants, will increase the demand
for web maps and at the same time force providers to present all internet
data, including maps, much more efficiently than is done at present.
Many recent and future developments can be followed at the site of the
World Wide Web consortium. Another important initiative is the OpenGIS
Consortium that is working towards a more open and flexible use of different
GIS software and data. The OpenGIS consortium has remarked on the importance
of the Web for dissemination of geospatial data but has also noticed
its limitations. From this perspective the consortium started the Special
Interest Group Web Mapping Testbed. Its aim is to create open geoprocessing
web technology and to offer specifications as well.
realised by developments sketched above will increase the demands. Examples
are collaborative exploration and information visualisations, and visual
geospatial data mining.
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