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Social responsibility and ethics relate to a number of aspects, which are partly dependent on the domain in question. As maps on (cultural) landscape and heritage aim at guiding the future landscape and both are complex, diverse and 'contested' domains , it is crucial what and how is mapped. Participation and democracy, acting or non-acting – as in ‘good’, ‘bad’ or ‘ignorant´ – are therefore important. To evaluate the (many) Dutch maps on cultural heritage on these matters, a framework has been developed.
As it turns out, the general level of social responsibility is rather low. Main causes may be a lack of both awareness and expertise, as well as viewing maps merely as ‘representations’ rather than a form of communication.