The end of cartography


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Roger Harris
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The Canadian Hydrographic Service, which is moving to digital collection, processing, dissemination, and delivery of data, has indicated that it may soon eliminate publication of paper charts.

If you believe this is a great idea, or a terrible one, please take a moment to complete the following online survey (nine questions) before the February 17 deadline: Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Transformation Initiative.

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Roger Harris - 9 Feb 2021
The Canadian Hydrographic Service, which is moving to digital collection, processing, dissemination, and delivery of data, has indicated that it may soon eliminate publication of paper charts.

If you believe this is a great idea, or a terrible one, please take a moment to complete the following online survey (nine questions) before the February 17 deadline: Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Transformation Initiative.

The Royal Institute of Navigation has recently produced a free downloadable pamphlet which highlights the risks and pitfalls of relying solely on digital navigation and although experienced cruisers using electronic navigation will be familiar with much that it covers, nevertheless it is a useful refresher and aide memoire: "Electronic Navigation Systems: Guidance for the safe use on leisure vessels". Free download at https://rin.org.uk/page/ENav
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Philip Heaton - 10 Feb 2021
Roger Harris - 9 Feb 2021
The Canadian Hydrographic Service, which is moving to digital collection, processing, dissemination, and delivery of data, has indicated that it may soon eliminate publication of paper charts.

If you believe this is a great idea, or a terrible one, please take a moment to complete the following online survey (nine questions) before the February 17 deadline: Canadian Hydrographic Service Digital Transformation Initiative.

The Royal Institute of Navigation has recently produced a free downloadable pamphlet which highlights the risks and pitfalls of relying solely on digital navigation and although experienced cruisers using electronic navigation will be familiar with much that it covers, nevertheless it is a useful refresher and aide memoire: "Electronic Navigation Systems: Guidance for the safe use on leisure vessels". Free download at https://rin.org.uk/page/ENav

Hi all,
I would probably soften the dramatic by suggesting that this is not the “End of Cartography” but rather observations on the evolution of cartography and requesting not so much as to whether we want the changes to occur, but rather do we want them to occur swiftly or more over time as the direction of change is clear.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy

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Paper charts and paper money, live free or die.
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NOAA is eliminating paper charts as well. In fact, they are transitioning entirely from raster to vector. There will still be people printing charts, it's just that the government won't be doing the printing. And those who do print will be printing from up-to-date electronic data files. 

Vice Commodore, OCC 
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Will having printed vector charts have any advantages/disadvantages over raster charts?  Vector charts take up much less storage space on an electronic device but given the layering of vector charts, will many more charts need to be printed to get the level of detail that comes with a raster chart? Hm????
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Philip Heaton - 14 Mar 2021
Will having printed vector charts have any advantages/disadvantages over raster charts?  Vector charts take up much less storage space on an electronic device but given the layering of vector charts, will many more charts need to be printed to get the level of detail that comes with a raster chart? Hm????

NOAA is making all vector charts available as downloadable pdfs. I don't know how many layers they merge. 
https://www.boatsnews.com/story/34256/how-about-i-print-out-my-noaa-charts

Vice Commodore, OCC 
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Philip Heaton - 14 Mar 2021
Will having printed vector charts have any advantages/disadvantages over raster charts?  Vector charts take up much less storage space on an electronic device but given the layering of vector charts, will many more charts need to be printed to get the level of detail that comes with a raster chart? Hm????

Here is a list of approved distributors for NOAA chart products. 
https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/print-agents.html

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