We stand on the cusp of an era when anyone with internet access can make a map. With six billion mobilephone subscribers and 2.3 billion internet users will GIS play much of a role in how make and use maps? This paper begins with this question and explores some of the dimensions of how GIS will change in a new world – a world where GIS is integral to countless online activities and hence disappears from most uses. This is world not without GIS, but a post-GIS world of ubiquitous location technologies. While many of these developments,they have negative potential and the article points to areas to consider carefully.
Francis Harvey, University of Minnesota, Department of Geography, Environment and Society, MN 55455, Minneapolis: USA