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Atlas of Cyberspace
     

Atlas of Cyberspace

by Martin Dodge, Rob Kitchin
 

ISBN-10: 0201745755

ISBN-13: 9780201745757

Pub. Date: 10/04/2001

Publisher: Addison-Wesley

What does cyberspace look like?

For thousands of years, people have created maps of the world around them — cave paintings, drawings in the sand, pencil sketches, lavish manuscripts, 3D models and, more recently, satellite images and computer-generated simulations. Now, a new generation of cartographers is focusing on a different realm: cyberspace. Here for the

Overview

What does cyberspace look like?

For thousands of years, people have created maps of the world around them — cave paintings, drawings in the sand, pencil sketches, lavish manuscripts, 3D models and, more recently, satellite images and computer-generated simulations. Now, a new generation of cartographers is focusing on a different realm: cyberspace. Here for the first time is an examination and selection of their maps, gathered together into one comprehensive source: The Atlas of Cyberspace. Written in accessible style and illustrated with over 300 full colour images, The Atlas of Cyberspace catalogues thirty year's worth of maps to reveal the rich and varied landscapes of cyberspace — a world occupied by half a billion users.

The Atlas explores the new cartographic and visualization techniques being employed in the mapping of cyberspace, concentrating on the following main areas:

  • Internet infrastructure and traffic flows
  • The World Wide Web
  • Online conversation and community
  • Imagining cyberspace in art, literature and film.
Based on extensive research and written by two of the world's leading cybergeography experts, The Atlas of Cyberspace provides an unprecedented insight into the shape of the Internet and World Wide Web. For anyone with an interest in the structure, content and social dimension of the online world, this is a fascinating and invaluable resource.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201745757
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
10/04/2001
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.76(w) x 10.28(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgementsxi
1Mapping cyberspace1
Issues to consider when viewing images3
Structure of the book7
Concluding comment8
2Mapping infrastructure and traffic9
Historical maps of telecommunications12
Maps from the birth of the Net17
Mapping where the wires, fiber-optic cables and satellites really are20
Infrastructure census maps25
Domain name maps28
Marketing maps of Internet service providers30
Interactive mapping of networks33
Visualizing network topologies in abstract space38
The geography of data flows52
Mapping traceroutes62
What's the Net "weather" like today?67
Mapping cyberspace usage in temporal space70
3Mapping the Web73
Information spaces of the Internet75
The beginning of the Web79
Mapping individual websites80
Mapping tools to manage websites90
Mapping website evolution102
Mapping paths and traffic through a website104
'The view from above': 2-D visualization and navigation of the Web114
'The view from within': 3-D visualization and navigation of the Web131
4Mapping conversation and community153
Mapping email155
Mapping mailing lists and bulletin boards158
Mapping Usenet164
Mapping chat174
Mapping MUDs180
Mapping virtual worlds195
Mapping game space214
5Imagining cyberspace227
Science fiction visions of cyberspace229
Cinematic visions of cyberspace234
Artistic imaginings: subversive surfing and warping the Web241
Imagining the architecture of cyberspace251
6Final thoughts257
Further reading261
Index263

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