This page is a library of websites. The collection scope for this library includes the following topics:
Geographies of the Internet / Internet Business and News / Digital Humanities / Spatial History / Data Visualization / Geo Visualization / History of Cartography
Besides the information itself, this library has a secondary purpose that fulfills my continued fascination with the field of Information Science. I imagine myself as an online collector, curator, or archivist here. My motivation is to catalog the various work that fits within my stated "collection scope" - work that people have done and made available as websites. What happens if we apply the Library of Congress cataloging system to the internet? Right now the way we navigate the internet is different than the way we query information in a library full of books. With the internet we rely on search engines to wade through the cacophony of information rather than physically going to a certain location in a building to find items that are related to one another.
Here's a potentially instructive example. A Google search for "cities" results (not surprisingly) in lists of cities, a journal called Cities, etc. In the Library of Congress system, "cities" is GF 125. While Google does a miraculous job of giving you results about cities, it doesn't tell you, topically, what surrounds "cities." For example, "rural settlements" is GF 127; "human influences on the environment" is GF 75; and "environmental influences on humans" is GF 51. One might argue that you could simply search for these other topics directly if that is indeed what you were looking for. But this presumes that you would have the idea on your own that these topics might be relevant or related. One of the long-standing critiques against the Library of Congress system is that it was not made to classify the world, and therefore it is altogether possible that serendipity would not work in some cases.
So this is an experiment in Information Science, an attempt to keep thinking about how we organize and access information in a time when the stream (ocean) of possible information is unpleasantly overwhelming. What would it be like to put like websites (in content and/or design) together, something that Google searches don't do? Does this type of organization help us find more and better information more quickly? It's all a work in progress right now, so drop me a line if you have any thoughts, suggestions, or comments.
Library of Websites
Geographies of the Internet
Data Center Knowledge This site has excellent essays and news to stay connected with the data center world.
DuPont Fabros Data Centers DuPont Fabros Technology, Inc. is a real estate investment trust (REIT) and leading owner, developer, operator and manager of wholesale data centers. The Company's data centers are highly specialized, secure, network-neutral facilities used primarily by national and international Internet and enterprise companies to house, power and cool the computer servers that support many of their most critical business processes.
CommScope Corporation CommScope Inc. is a multinational telecommunications company based in Hickory, North Carolina. They manufacture SYSTIMAX and Uniprise brands of Enterprise infrastructure of copper Unshielded Twisted Pair cabling, connector panels, jacks and fiber optic cabling, connector panels, racking and metals. CommScope also manufactures environmentally secure cabinets for FTTN and DSL applications. In 2007 CommScope's net sales were approximately US$1.93 billion
Beginning of the Internet, at UCLA In a small computer lab at UCLA, Professor Leonard Kleinrock sent the very first message over what would become the Internet, back in 1969.
Greg's Internet Cable Map Greg's Cable Map is an attempt to consolidate all the available information about the undersea communications infrastructure. The initial data was harvested from Wikipedia, and further information was gathered by simply googling and transcribing as much data as possible into a useful format, namely a rich geocoded format.
Bundled, Buried & Behind Closed Doors Lower Manhattan’s 60 Hudson Street is one of the world’s most concentrated hubs of Internet connectivity. This short documentary peeks inside, offering a glimpse of the massive material infrastructure that makes the Internet possible. Written and edited by Ben Mendelsohn. Shot, animated and produced by Alex Chohlas-Wood.
7x24 Exchange The leading knowledge exchange for those who design, build, operate and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructures, 7x24 Exchange's goal is to improve end-to-end reliability by promoting dialogue among these groups.
TeleGeography A private firm that offers research and product development (e.g. maps, statistical reports) about the current state of the Geography of the Internet.
Submarine Cable Map Using a Google map interface, this is TeleGeography's map of the cables that make the Web world-wide.
Open Compute This group applies the open source model - common in software development - to hardware. I found this while trying to answer the question "why do hardware and software have to be separate things?"
AAG Cyberinfrastructure Specialty Group Enhances geographic scholarship on matters relating to cyberinfrastructure by: 1) exchange of among geographers studying technical, social, economic, policy, and cultural aspects of CI, and 2) communication channel between CI funding agencies and geographic practitioners.
Association of Internet Researchers The Association of Internet Researchers is the top international association for students and scholars in any discipline in the field of of Internet studies.
Open Compute Project By releasing Open Compute Project technologies as open hardware, our goal is to develop servers and data centers following the model traditionally associated with open source software projects.
World Summit on the Information Society The objective of the first phase was to develop and foster a clear statement of political will and take concrete steps to establish the foundations for an Information Society for all, reflecting all the different interests at stake. The objective of the second phase was to put Geneva's Plan of Action into motion as well as to find solutions and reach agreements in the fields of Internet governance, financing mechanisms, and follow-up and implementation of the Geneva and Tunis documents.
IBM Many Eyes Visualization You can explore data using your eyes! This site is set up to allow the entire internet community to upload data, visualize it, and talk about their discoveries with other people.
Visual Complexity A unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project's main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines.
Stanford Spatial History Project The Spatial History Lab at Stanford University is a place for a collaborative community of scholars to engage in creative visual analysis to further research in the field of history.
Global Peace Index Based on "indicators," this interactive map shows the peacefulness of the world's nation-states. It is part of a larger peace project called "Vision of Humanity."
TeleGeography TeleGeography is a telecommunications market research and consulting firm. They conduct in-depth research, compile large data sets, and present this information clearly in online visualizations, reports, and databases.
Aaron Koblin - Flight Pattern View U.S. and world flight patterns, charted from FAA data. Viewable by altitude, airplane model, and manufacturer.
Roy Rozenzweig Center for History and New Media Since 1994 under the founding direction of Roy Rosenzweig, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has used digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.
Omeka Omeka is a web publishing platform that lives in the cloud. It allows for the collaborative making of collections and exhibits. It's geared towards scholars and teachers. It does not require any design background.
Corporation for Digital Scholarship The Corporation for Digital Scholarship (CDS) provides services related to free and open-source research and education software like Zotero and Omeka.
History of Cartography
David Rumsey Map Collection The historical map collection has over 28,000 maps and images online. It is as known for its path-breaking online user interfaces as much as the collection itself.
The History of Cartography From the University of Chicago Press, this series redefines the discipline. It has been in production since 1987. Now volumes I and II are available free online.
Perry Castaneda Map Library At the University of Texas, Austin. The first to digitize their collection and make it available online, a process that they began nearly 20 years ago.