Weblog:   The Future of National Mapping Agencies
Subject:   The Mapping Agencies response
Date:   2005-06-30 09:08:17
From:   ed_parsons
It seems to be that "consumer" focused mapping will increasing become a commodity - maybe free one day although I would not underestimate the costs services like goggle maps are covering in order to establish market share - just ask DigitalGlobe how expensive it is to put up a remote sensing satellite.

Mapping agencies however mainly focus on the needs of government and large corporate customers like utilities, which need very detailed, accurate and reliable data the cost of which to collect is much greater than consumer mapping and beyond any potential advertising funding.