Atlas of Cyberspace

Atlas of Cyberspace

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What does cyberspace 'look' like? The Atlas of Cyberspace is the first book to explore the spatial and visual nature of cyberspace and its infrastructure. It examines in accessible style why cyberspace is being mapped and the new cartographic and visualisation techniques being employed. The Atlas is broad in scope, concentrating on the many different aspects of cyberspace such as the Web, chat, email, virtual worlds, and the telecommunications infrastructure that supports cyberspace. It is fully illustrated with over 300 full colour images. Cartographers have been creating maps for centuries. In recent years they have turned their attention to a new realm, cyberspace. For the first time a comprehensive selection of these maps have been collated into one source. Written in layperson's terms and fully illustrated, the 'Atlas of Cyberspace' catalogues thirty year's worth of maps to reveal the rich and varied landscapes of cyberspace, a landscape occupied by half a billion users and sustaining the information economy. Several different types of maps are detailed.First, a review of maps of the Internet infrastructure showing where the computers are located, how the networks interconnect them and the traffic that flows between them.
The book then takes a look at maps of the World-Wide Web, showing how the hyperlink structures and contents of websites are mapped to provide informational landscapes. Next, comes an examination of the ways social interactions between people, using email, chat, bulletin boards, virtual worlds, and games, can be mapped. It concludes with a discussion of the ways in which artists and writers are imagining the visual structure of cyberspace.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 252 x 262 x 21mm | 1,321g
  • Addison Wesley
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • w. numerous col. figs.
  • 0201745755
  • 9780201745757

Table of contents

Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Mapping Cyberspace Issues to consider when viewing images Structure of the book Final words Chapter 2: Mapping Infrastructure and Traffic Historical maps of telecommunications Maps from the birth of the Net Mapping where the wires, fibre-optic cables and satellites really are Infrastructure census maps Domain name maps Marketing maps of Internet service providers Interactive mapping of networks Visualising network topologies in abstract space The geography of data flows Mapping traceroutes What's the Net 'weather' like today? Mapping cyberspace usage in temporal space Chapter 3: Mapping the Web Information spaces of the Internet The beginning of the Web Mapping individual websites Mapping tools to manage websites Mapping website evolution Mapping paths and traffic through a website 'The view from above': 2D visualisation and navigation of the Web 'The view from within': 3D visualisation and navigation of the Web Chapter 4: Mapping Conversation and Community Mapping email Mapping mailing lists and bulletin boards Mapping Usenet Mapping chat Mapping MUDs Mapping virtual worlds Mapping game space Chapter 5: Imagining Cyberspace Science fiction visions of cyberspace Cinematic visions of cyberspace Artistic imaginings: subversive surfing and warping the Web Imagining the architecture of cyberspace Chapter 6: Final Thoughts Further Reading Index
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Review quote

"The Atlas of Cyberspace explores a remarkable universe of visual representations of the Internet's diversity, structure and content." --Vint Cerf, Chairman, ICANN
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About Martin Dodge

Martin Dodge is a researcher and part-time Phd student at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), University College London. He is researching the geography of Cyberspace. He maintains the Atlas of Cyberspaces web site, Nobody has a better knowledge of the subject. Rob Kitchin is a lecturer in human geography at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. His research interests centre on culture, space and power, geographies of Cyberspace, and geographies of disability.
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