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Web map classification and web maps in practice

The 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.
New opportunities 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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