> Cyber-Geography Research Update Bulletin

Date: Thu, 22 Oct 1998 12:39:23 +0100 (GMT)
From: martin dodge
Subject: Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, No. 1, 22nd Oct. 1998

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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.

I must apologise for delay in sending out this bulletin. I have been caught up in non-Cyberspace work recently and I’ve also been away at a conference. It is likely that the next bulletin will be not be available until early December because our office is being refurbished next month.

The bulletins are now going to made available in a html version as well. I have also decided to start a new numbering system, so this bulletin is Vol. 1, No. 1 and is available at http://www.cybergeography.org/bulletin-1-1.html

I am happy to acknowledge the support of CORPEX. They are kindly sponsoring the Cyber-Geography Research web site.

The Geography of Cyberspace Directory
* http://www.cybergeography.org/geography_of_cyberspace.html *
* http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/casa/martin/geography_of_cyberspace.html *

New for the "Mapping the Internet" section :

* A couple of useful Web sites that allow you to runs traceroutes from different locations on the global Internet. Traceroute.org ( http://www.traceroute.org/ ), lists Web traceroute servers by country; it is maintained by Thomas Kernen. Also, try the Multiple Traceroute Gateway ( http://www.tracert.com/ ) which allows you to run several traces in one go.

New for "Internet Topology Network Maps" section :

* A nice series of ARPANET maps from the Web site for the book "Where Wizards Stay Up Late" by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon. ( http://www.fixe.com/wizards/map.html )

New for "Some Useful References" section:

* Arnum E. & Conti S., 1998, "Internet Deployment Worldwide: The New Superhighway Follows the Old Wires, Rails and Roads", INET'98: The Internet Summit, 21-24th July 1998, Geneva, Switzerland.
( http://www.isoc.org/inet98/proceedings/5c/5c_5.htm )

* Dumett S., 1998, "Evolution of a Wired World: The Growth of an Undersea, Intercontinental Network", PreText Magazine, March 1998. ( http://www.pretext.com/mar98/features/story3.htm )

New for the "Some Relevant Conferences" section:

* INET'98: The Internet Summit, 21-24th July 1998, Geneva, Switzerland. One of the premier Internet conferences with lots of interesting papers available in the online proceedings. ( http://www.isoc.org/inet98/proceedings )

* ISMA98: Engineering Data and Analysis, 31 August-1st September 1998, San Diego, USA.
( http://www.caida.org/ISMA/isma9808/report.html )

New for "Some Miscellaneous Bits" section:

* Lloyds satellite constellations, useful and comprehensive Web resource on the new and planned satellite systems such as Iridium and Teledesic. Maintained by Lloyd Wood, Centre for Communication Systems Research, University of Surrey, UK.
( http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/Personal/L.Wood/constellations/ )

An Atlas of Cyberspaces
* http://www.cybergeography.org/atlas/atlas.html *
* http://www.cybergeography.com/atlas/atlas.html *
* http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/casa/martin/atlas/atlas.html *

New on the "Topology Maps" page:

* Striking visualisations from Skitter, a new tool by Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) for large-scale collection and analysis of Internet traffic path data. The data is mapped as dense graphs as in the images shown. ( http://www.caida.org/Tools/Skitter/ )

New for the "Information Landscapes" page:

* A screen-shot of the Harmony Internet browser that provides 3D information landscape visualisations of Web sites. It was developed by Keith Andrews and colleagues at the Institute for Information Processing and Computer Supported New Media (IICM) at Graz University of Technology. ( http://www2.iicm.edu/harmony )

New for the "Historical Maps" page:

* Two more ARPANET maps, showing the geographic topology of the network in October 1980 and October 1989. They were scanned from an article in Computer Communications Review (CCR), entitled "Selected ARPANET Maps", Vol. 20, October 1990, pages 81-110. Interestingly, the 1980 map shows a link from ARPANET to London, which was to my own institution UCL.

Please remember there is a mirror site for the Atlas of Cyberspaces in the USA at http://www.cybergeography.com/atlas/atlas.html (The mirror was kindly donated by TeleGeography, Inc., Washington D.C. - http://www.telegeography.com/).


The first publicly sent messages of new communications technology are often recorded as historically significant markers. So we have Morse’s "What hath god wrought!" in 1844 marking telegraph’s emergence into the popular imagination and Bell’s more prosaic "Mr Watson, come here. I want you" in 1876 for the telephone.

In the Cyberspace age, a significant marker was the first email message, sent by Ray Tomlinson in 1971. The content of this message was not formally recorded by the press but is likely to be something like "QWERTYIOP". See the fascinating article by Todd Campbell, in PreText Magazine, for the full story (http://www.pretext.com/mar98/features/story2.htm )


thanks for your attention
martin dodge


I welcome your comments on the usefulness of the bulletin and also on my Web pages. Suggestions for new information on the theme of the geography of the Internet, WWW and Cyberspace are also welcome. Send them to m.dodge@ucl.ac.uk.

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