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In recent years, the Internet and computer technology in general have redefined how maps are used. No longer restricted to paper, maps have taken new forms from 3D maps, to animated, to interactive maps. Maps have also become vital part of our everyday communication and transportation infrastructure appearing these days as part of vehicular navigation systems that efficiently guide us in land-based vehicles, or in cell phones that help us to quickly locate nearby facilities.  As a result of the internet, maps nowadays are transmitted almost instantly and delivered to users in a fraction of the time required to distribute paper maps.  It is the interactive nature of the Internet map that is considered the most important development. Online maps are accessed through a hyperlinking structure that makes it possible to engage the map user on a higher-level than is possible with a map on paper. In summary, the Internet presents the map user with different forms of mapping as well as faster method of map distribution.

On this website, we explore many of the different forms that internet mapping has taken. The site also provides links to tutorials that show how to create these new types of maps.



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