08 January 2014

GIS history quote

“When conferences end, of course, most cartographers have to come down to earth and return to all the familiar problems of the map factory and its inexorable schedules. Perhaps an encouraging first step would be a cost reduction in automated cartography of an order of magnitude - but in itself even that is not enough, we have to try and look further ahead. Many of the surveyor/cartographers who came to our seminar believed that their function was to "get the geometry right" and everything else would fall into place. Some of them left also believing that it was important to get the topology, the taxonomy and the structure right as well.” 

- David Bickmore, Royal College of Art
at Auto-Carto 5 (1982)

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