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The scope of the Internet is difficult to conceptualize, and attempts to graph it are often too simplistic or too dry to capture my imagination. I do admire the Internet map produced by Peacock Maps ( based on work by Bill Cheswick and Hal Burch. They've now released the 2001 version of this Internet poster that you may have seen at trade shows or in magazines. Quoting the site, "It's a graph of how the Internet might look if you were a packet of data like an e-mail message. The lines show the paths you might take, network-by-network, if you started at a computer in the U.S. and visited almost every known network around the world. The lines branch at each network switch or router along the way."

"The latest graph was made by recording the shortest path taken by test messages sent on June 1, 2001, from a computer in Murray Hill, New Jersey, to each of the 168,000 odd networks registered in the routing databases kept by Merit Network Inc and other authoritative sources. The data were then graphed using special software developed by Hal Burch, while a Ph.D. student at Carnegie Mellon University, and Bill Cheswick, while a scientist with an affiliate of Lucent Technologies. Their research into large-scale network mapping is now being applied commercially by Lumeta Corporation." The map is rather mysterious and striking on the black background, and the 01.01.00 version hangs in my office.

Mappa Mundi Magazine ( also showcases interesting maps in the "Map of the Month" section of their site. As I write this (in September), the featured map is "Map of the Market" from ( It's a cool conceptualization of the stock market that can show daily stock prices for more than 500 publicly traded companies at a glance.

More fascinating maps can be found at the Atlas of Cyberspaces site (, maintained by Martin Dodge. This site contains maps and graphic representations of the Internet, the Web, and other cyberspaces, including information spaces and multi-user dimensions. As stated on the Web site, "these maps of Cyberspaces -- cybermaps -- help us visualize and comprehend the new digital landscapes beyond our computer screen, in the wires of the global communications networks and vast online information resources. The cybermaps, like maps of the real world, help us navigate the new information landscapes, as well being objects of aesthetic interest." Atlas of Cyberspace is also the title of a new book by Martin Dodge & Rob Kitchin, published in August 2001 by Addison-Wesley. In the book, the authors explore more than 30 years worth of maps depicting various cyber-landscapes. Some of these maps are works of art that allow us to see the world from a different perspective. As always, I welcome your comments on this and other matters at:

Sincerely yours,

Amber Ankerholz
Editor in Chief