> Bulletin-2-02, 7th Sept. 2000

Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2000 15:14:13 +0000 (GMT)
From: martin dodge < m.dodge@ucl.ac.uk >
Subject: Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 03, 22nd Dec. 2000

==   Cyber-Geography Research Bulletin, Vol. 2, No. 03, 22nd Dec. 2000  ==
==        < http://www.cybergeography.org/bulletin-2-03.html >          ==
== 				< ISSN 1471-3489 >   		 	==



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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 every couple of months, depending on how much time I have available for my cyberspace exploration.

This bulletin is available on the Web at http://www.cybergeography.org/bulletin-2-03.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/ge ography_of_cyberspace.html *
* http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/casa/martin/geography_of_cyberspace.html *


New for the "Mapping the Internet" section:

* The proposal to create a .geo top-level domain name being developed by SRI International. This could be potentially very useful for mapping the Internet as well as mapping any information on the Web. They argue .geo will "provides an open and scalable infrastructure to index, discover, and serve any information on the web based upon the latitude-longitude location of the data being referred to."
( http://www.dotgeo.org/ )

* A number of companies are developing so called geo-location services which allow Web users to be pin-pointed by their location. Some of the key players are:
- Digital Island's TraceWare technology ( http://www.digitalisland.net/services/app_serv/traceware.shtml )
- Quova's GeoPoint service ( http://www.quova.com/service.htm )
- Digital Envoy's NetGeography ( http://www.digitalenvoy.net/netgeography.htm )
- NetGeo's Net2Geo technology ( http://www.netgeo.com/ )
- CAIMIS's Geographic Location Services (GLS) ( http://www.caimis.com/gls/index.html )

* A geographic directory of reverse traceroute servers and 'looking glass' servers across the world maintained by CAIDA.
( http://www.caida.org/analysis/routing/reversetrace/ )


New in the "Visualising Information Space" section:

* Map.Net is a visual directory that uses 2D information maps and a 3D fly through cityscape to represent the Web ( http://map.net ). The underlying categorisation of the Web is provided by the Open Directory which is spatialised using Antarcti.ca's Visual Net technology ( http://www.antarcti.ca/ ).

* Spence R, 2000, Information Visualization (Addison-Wesley / ACM Press).
( http://www.pearsonptr.com/book_detail/0,3771,0201596261,00.html )
[Buy the book from Amazon.com and support Cyber-Geography Research]


New for the "Global Internet Diffusion" section:

* IGU Commission on the Geography of Information Society. ( http://www.igu-informationsociety.org )


New in the "Internet Statistics" section:

* Interesting web sites for Internet monitoring, maintained by Les Cottrell.
( http://www.slac.stanford.edu/comp/net/wan-mon/netmon.html )

* Hinner K., 2000, "Statistics of Major IRC Networks: Methods and Summary of User Count", M/C: A Journal of Media and Culture, Issue 4, August 2000. ( http://www.api-network.com/mc/0008/count.html )

* How Much Information? a useful report, from November 2000, looking at the world-wide production of information, including the Internet and the Web. The lead researchers were Peter Lyman and Hal R. Varian, School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California at Berkeley. ( http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/how-much-info/ )

* Useful "facts and stats" on domain names from the Dot Com Directory. ( http://www.dotcom.com/facts/index.html )


New for the "References" section:

* Hampton K.N. & Wellman B., 2000, "Examining Community in the Digital Neighbourhood: Early Results from Canada's Wired Suburb". In Toru Ishida and Katherine Isbister (Eds.), Digital Cities: Technologies, Experiences, and Future Perspectives. Lecture Notes in Computer Science 1765. Springer-Verlag.
( http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~khampton/papers/digitalcities-final-r.pdf )

* Toudert D., 2000, "El papel de la telemática en la reestructuración regional dentro de la nueva dinámica global local: Las enseñanzas del ejemplo mexicano", Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, October 2000. ( http://www.geocities.com/toudert.geo/telemex.htm )

* Wilson M.I. & Corey K.F., 2000, Information Tectonics: Space, Place and Technology in an Electronic Age, (John Wiley & Son). [Buy the book from Amazon.com and support Cyber-Geography Research]


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 *
* Italian Language http://www.museoscienza.org/museovr/cybergeography/ *

A large, overall update and some interesting new mapping projects.


New for the "Geographic Maps" page:

* PingER animated maps showing Internet performance. ( http://www-iepm.slac.stanford.edu/pinger/perfmap/ )

* Map of inter-regional Internet bandwidth for the USA produced by Anthony Townsend
( http://www.informationcity.org/research/gallery/index.htm ).


New for the "Cables & Satellites" page:

* The Georgia high-speed telecommunications atlas. ( http://maps.gis.gatech.edu/telecomweb/ )

* Footprint maps showing the geographic coverage of INTELSAT communications satellites.
( http://www.intelsat.com/coveragemaps/ )


New for the "Traceroutes" page:

* SarangWorld Traceroute Project, a nice web-based geographic traceroute by Sarang Gupta.
( http://www.sarangworld.com/TRACEROUTE/ )

* Updated screenshots of NeoTrace ( http://www.neotrace.com ) and VisualRoute ( http://www.visualroute.com ) to show their new versions.


New for the "Topology" pages:

* Striking 3D hyperbolic graphs of Internet topology created by Young Hyun at CAIDA. ( http://www.caida.org/tools/visualization/walrus/ )

* The Netscan Dashboard visualisation tool for analysing Usenet news. ( http://netscan.research.microsoft.com/ )

* A graph of the Gnutella network by Clip2 Distributed Search Services. ( http://dss.clip2.com/dss_map.html )


New for the "Information Maps" page:

* The multi-level information maps from Map.Net. ( http://map.net )

* The Spiral interface to the Rhizome net.art archive developed by Martin Wattenberg. ( http://rhizome.org/spiral )


New for the "Information Landscapes" page:

* The 3D fly through cityscape view of the Web from Map.Net. ( http://map.net )


New on the "Information Spaces" page:

* The WebTraffic Project by Antoine Visonneau, with colleagues in the Center for Design Informatics, Harvard Design School.
( http://research3.gsd.harvard.edu/webtraffic/prototypes.htm ).


New for the "ISP Maps" page:

* A nice map of the Interoute i-21 network using a subway metaphor. ( http://www.interoute.com/network_i-21maps.html )



Please remember there is a European mirror site for the Atlas of Cyberspaces at http://www.geog.ucl.ac.uk/casa/martin/atlas/. (This mirror is kindly provided by the Department of Geography, University College London.)


Map of the Month
* http://www.cybergeography.org/maps/ *

Recent Map of the Month columns.

* October's column looked at the work of Matthew Zook mapping the geography of domain names.

* November's column examined how you can use geography to index websites, focusing on the example of the UK Academic Map maintained by Peter Burden.


* http://www.mappingcyberspace.com *

Mapping Cyberspace, by Martin Dodge & Rob Kitchin
Published by Routledge; October 2000: 246x174: 296pp
Paperback ISBN 0-415-19884-4: £19.99 / $32.99


Mapping Cyberspace provides a geographic exploration and critical reading of cyberspace, and information and communication technologies. The key areas covered by the book are:-

* an understanding of what cyberspace looks like and the social interactions that take place there;

* an exploration the impacts of cyberspace, and information and communication technologies, on cultural, political and economic relations;

* charts the spatialities, spatial forms and space-time relations of virtual spaces;

* details empirical research and examines a wide variety of maps and spatialisations of cyberspace and the information society;

The book has 11 chapters:-

1 Introducing Cyberspace
2 Geographies of the Information Society 3 Geographies of Cyberspace
4 Introducing the Cartographies of Cyberspace
5 Mapping Information and Communication Technologies
6 Spatialising Cyberspace
7 Mapping Asynchronous Media
8 Mapping Synchronous Media
9 Spatial Cognition of Cyberspace
10 Imaginative Mappings of Cyberspace
11 Future Mappings of Cyberspace

Mapping Cyberspace is fully illustrated with black and white figures and eight pages of colour plates.

You can order through online bookshops, including

Barnes & Noble (offering 20% discount) - http://www.bn.com/

Amazon.com - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415198844/

Amazon.co.uk - http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0415198844/


Mapping-Cyberspace Discussion List

If you're interested in discussing the wider issues of measuring and mapping the Internet and the Web why not join the new Mapping-Cyberspace List. It is a free and unmoderated mailing list.

Full details on the list and how to join are available at:

Or just send email to: jiscmail@jiscmail.ac.uk
with the message: join mapping-cyberspace firstname lastname
(E.g. join mapping-cyberspace John Smith)



thanks for your attention and happy Christmas
martin dodge


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