CASA hosted a great event last week entitled Digital Geography in a Web 2.0 World.
The range of presentations was illustrated how Google could be used to present and distribute the work of researchers at CASA and the other universities represented at this event. Have a look at MapTube or the London Profiler to see beautiful examples of mashing up layers of information from several sources on the fly. Both of these sites use a neat tool called GMapCreator developed by the CASA team.
What I found reassuring for the paleos was that most of the presenters when they were talking about heavy geodata processing and analysis were referring to traditional GI toolsets (unfortunately for some of us they all seemed to come from one vendor – I guess the rest of us need to commit more time and resource into promoting to the academic community).
So the paleos do the heavy lifting – for the moment.