What if you could walk down the street, take a picture of a given building and instantly know
everything about it -- as Google Earth syncs your digital photo to the 3D representations in its database. That technology is already possible in the form of 2-D barcodes.
Through their mapping programs, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have made the practice of cartography available to anyone. In this regard, map-making has become a wiki-powered endeavor, as "tens of thousands of personal map mashups" and annotation projects have emerged plotting "text, links, data, and even sounds." What's evolving is something more than an interactive map: call it a massive, networked "geoweb."