Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1999 16:30:09 +0000 (GMT)
From: martin dodge
Subject: Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 9, 22nd Nov. 1999

==   Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 9, 22nd Nov. 1999   ==
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Welcome to the Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin. This is a regular, free, email bulletin to inform you of changes and new additions made to the Geography of Cyberspace Directory and the Atlas of Cyberspaces on the Cyber-Geography Research web site. The bulletin is distributed about once a month, depending on how much time I have available for my cyberspace exploration.

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The Geography of Cyberspace Directory
* ography_of_cyberspace.html *
* asa/martin/geography_of_cyberspace.html *

New for the "Mapping the Internet" section:

* Domain name data by Matthew Zook, Department of City and Regional Planning, University of California, Berkeley. ( Also see his clickable maps of Internet Domain Names in New York and San Francisco and his various papers analysing the geography of domain names.

The SCAN project by Ramesh Govindan and colleagues at the Information Sciences Institute, undertaking robust distribute mapping of large networks, including the Internet. ( ) See their paper for background details, "Heuristics for Internet Map Discovery", Technical Report 99-717, Computer Science Department, University of Southern California. (

New for the "Network Topology Maps" section:

* A useful collection of old maps of computer networks, from the early 1990s collected by the Technical University of Berlin. (

* The Internet History 1962-1992 Timeline, from The Computer Museum History Center, contains a nice collection old maps of the Net. (

New for the "Visualising Information Spaces" section:

* Chen C., 1999, Information Visualisation and Virtual Environments, (Springer-Verlag: London). (
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New in the "Internet Statistics" section:

* MIDS Internet Quality ( service which includes:

* OECD Internet Access Price Comparison. A useful survey of the differences in cost of accessing the Internet in OCED countries as of the 15th October 1999. (

* How wide is the web? Well, apparently 19 clicks according research by Reka Albert, Hawoong Jeong, and Albert-Laszlo Barabasi at department of Physics, University of Notre Dame, USA. ( See their paper, "Diameter of the World-Wide Web", Nature, Vol. 401, 9th September 1999, pages 107-109. ( Also, see a nice article by Alan Boyle, MSNBC News reporting on this, "Measuring the Web's 'diameter'". (

* Web Characterization Project of the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Their aim being to "... describes the structure, size, usage, and content of the Web. It is also concerned with developing data collection methodologies and metrics for Web description". (

New for the "References" section:

* Claffy K.C., 1999, "Internet measurement and data analysis: topology, workload, performance and routing statistics", paper presented at the NAE'99 workshop. (

* Malamud C., 1999, "A Shared Reality: Maps as Metaphor", Mappa.Mundi Magazine, 1st October 1999. (

* Moss M.L. & Townsend A.M., 1999, "The Internet Backbone and the American Metropolis", unpublished paper of the project, August 1999. (

* O'Connell P.L., 1999, "Beyond Geography: Mapping Unknowns of Cyberspace", New York Times, 30th September 1999. (

* Paltridge S., 1999, "Mining and Mapping Web Content", info, Vol. 1, No. 4, August 1999, pages 327-342. [No information online]

* Whitehouse D., 1999, "Mapping the internet", BBC News Online, 3rd November 1999. (

* Zook M.A., 1999, "The Web of Production: The Economic Geography of Commercial Internet Content Production in the United States", Environment and Planning A, forthcoming. (

New for the "Some Other Stuff" section:

*Making the Invisible Visible: A Lesson in Mapping the Mysteries of Cyberspace, by Katherine Schulten and Lorin Driggs, from NY Times Daily Lesson Plans. (

An Atlas of Cyberspaces
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* Italian Language *

I am pleased to announce a new Atlas mirror site, in Italian. The mirror is provided by the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. Translation and maintainence is by Paolo Cavallotti. It is available at

Also, a new page has been added to the Atlas showing maps of MUDs and Virtual Worlds, see

New for the "Traceroute" page:

* A new geographical traceroute application called GTrace being developed by researchers at Caida. (

New for the "Information Spaces" page:

* The Starlight visual information analysis environment developed by John Risch and researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (

New one the "Web Site Maps" page:

* Site Lens developed by Inxight provide a neat fisheye style interactive website map. It is a spin-off from information visualisation research at Xerox PARC. (

New for the "Surf Maps" page:

* An early example of a surf map called WebMap developed by Peter Domel in 1994 (

* The WWW Graphic History browser developed by Eric Ayers and John Stasko at Graphics Visualization, and Usability Center, Georgia Tech in 1995. (

Please remember there is a European mirror site for the Atlas of Cyberspaces at (The mirror is kindly provided by the Department of Geography, University College London,

Map of the Month
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Map of the Month columns in Mappa Mundi Magazine.

* November's column discussed Web Site Maps from Dynamic Diagrams. (

* October's column, Mapping MUDs, looked at topology maps of multi-user dimensions. (


thanks for your attention
martin dodge


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