"Geobrowsers are a stunningly effective means of visualising the planet. But they are just one part of a broader endeavour, the construction of a “geoweb” that is still in its infancy, much as the world wide web was in the mid-1990s. The web did away with many geographical constraints, enabling people with common interests to communicate, regardless of location. Yet placelessness jettisons some of the most useful features of information, which are now attracting new attention.'
"At present the most feverish excitement surrounds the combination of virtual maps with other sources of data in “mash-ups”.'
The world on your desktop
Sep 6th 2007
From The Economist print edition