18.7 Conclusion

There are numerous possibilities arising from the potential presented by globes, New Media and display technology. Many scientists and engineers are already involved in the development of digital globes and this illustrates a broad interdisciplinary collaboration. Examples and developments, as illustrated will lead to a significant variety of digital globes never seen or imagined before.

Digital globes are used primarily as an interface that acts as gateway to more comprehensive geospatial information. In the age of globalisation a global point of view is necessary so as to better understand interweaving and interdependences. Digital globes will also help to motivate users to work with globes, and thus encourages the examination of global topics and their possible relationships. A digital globe offers the potential for providing a tool that could act as a geographical knowledge transmitter. It seems that for globes a bright future exists.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andreas Riedl
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  1. 1.University of ViennaViennaAustria

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