|Weblog:||The Future of National Mapping Agencies|
|Subject:||National Geopatial Capabilities|
Much of the difference is cultural. National systems are built at huge expense, with lots of rigor with years of planning. earth.google.com just really came to life last week. Within many of these agencies are innovative and very talented people. We have been working with many of them introducing open standards, open source geospatial software. There has been some success introducing many of the latest advances into demonstrations, prototypes, and laboratories.