Paper Maps vs. Digital Maps

BY Spencer Michels  October 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM EDT

Hundreds of years ago, map makers mistakenly represented California as an island off the west coast of North America. Today’s digital cartographers wouldn’t dream of making such a huge mistake, but they’re not perfect either. As maps become more advanced and detailed, the technology to improve them also evolves.

NewsHour correspondent Spencer Michel spoke with map collector David Rumsey for a piece that aired on Wednesday’s broadcast. Watch the full report here.