As a person who enjoys travel, I’ve made use of the work of cartographers for many, many years. I appreciate data that helps me get from Point A to Point B with minimal awkwardness and fuss. Not having to ask for directions clearly falls within that category.
A recent assignment was centred around contributing to OpenStreetMap (and subsequently writing a blog post about it; suspicious coincidence that you’re reading this, no?). Many of the digital humanities projects discussed in class have to do with making data more accessible on the web, particularly in open source forms, in order to facilitate collaboration. If we all share, we all learn, yes? Yes.