Новый золотой век картографии

МАУНТИН-ВЬЮ, штат КАЛИФОРНИЯ – Ноэ Диакубама, эмигрант из Демократической Республики Конго, проживающий сейчас в Париже, является одним из отважных первопроходцев этого века. Используя онлайн-картографические инструменты, он создал первую карту своей деревни, Мбандака, которую он затем вместе со своей женой модифицировал более 100 000 раз с 2009 г. Ноэ буквально поместил деревню Мбандака (и проживающих в ней людей) на карту.

Ноэ не единственный такой первопроходец. Существует обширное растущее сообщество онлайн-картографов, создающих полезные, доступные карты малоизвестных мест и преобразующих этим процессом жизни людей.

Во время эпохи великих географических открытий, продолжавшейся с 15 до 17 века, такие искатели приключений, как Христофор Колумб, Фердинанд Магеллан и Джеймс Кук, предпринимали опасные путешествия к далеким землям, начиная с Новой Зеландии и заканчивая Ньюфаундлендом, составляя подробные карты своих путешествий. Развивая географические знания, они расширили мировоззрение людей, развили торговлю и помогли начать промышленную революцию.

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