Since the Platinum Age of interactive map-making shows no signs of slowing down, today's data-savvy cartographers continue to pump out maps at breakneck speed.
"It is an exciting time to be in this field. Yes, cartography is in a time of transition and vigorous intellectual activity," Tanya Buckingham, assistant director of University of Wisconsin's Cartography Lab, told Discovery News. "However, we are only at the beginning of what is possible. We have changed the medium by which we distribute the information."
Buckingham acknowledged that recent technological advances in software and mapping tools have allowed us to interact differently with datasets. But maps -- even interactive ones -- are still very similar to what we've seen. The real jaw-droppers are yet to come, she said.
"As technology and human imagination drive the field, I hope that we will create graphics -- spatial and otherwise -- that will be even more helpful in coming up with solutions, and these may not look much like what we can envision today," Buckingham said.