Do web mapping services such as Google Maps and Yahoo maps have a place in traditional use mapping?
I am an International graduate student currently enrolled at the University of New Brunswick. I have taken interest in the topic of traditional use mapping and this area has formed part of my general research. In looking at mapping, GIS has played a important part over the last several years in addressing issues of development, litigation, policy and preservation. The popularity of online mapping services such as Google and Yahoo Maps has flourished in recent years. Do you think mapping services such as Google Maps and Yahoo maps have a place in traditional use mapping? I know that an important strength of GIS is the analysis component. Web mapping services in general are very limited where analysis is concerned.
Is there a place for API web mapping tools, if only for the sake of education or stimulating interest in traditional knowledge matters?
On a somewhat related note:
I have come across a few interesting projects on the Geoconnections website. On is titled:
"Mapping a brighter future: Building an Anishinabek Nation geospatial application for inclusive traditional knowledge and resource management"
An online information portal is proposed, that will "contain a web-enabled mapping application and data library using the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure."
I invite your feedback. thanks