Moving maps response

My takeaway from Cosgrove’s chapter on Moving Maps is practical and, I think, simple: to be knowledgeable and perhaps a bit skeptical of data and information sources; and, to be prudent in the understanding of cartographic process in order to maintain a heightened awareness of potential imperfections inherent in human processes. Questions that come to mind are: Where does the data come from? Who is in charge of collecting the data? And what is the process employed by the data collector? And, perhaps most importantly, what does the data not take into account? While the tools of the cartographer — or the ability to create maps given the prevalence and accessibility of the tools might be greater today than ever before — the challenge of objectivity and awareness of the limitations has not changed.

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