Wednesday, January 25, 2006

GIS Of The Internet?

Just some random thoughts here: "How would you spatially represent the Internet in a GIS? And how would ESRI build a Data Model of it?"

2 Comments:

Blogger Dave Smith said...

When I was a student at Penn State in the late '80s, I did a little project on mapping how the Internet would change the shape of the world. At the time I had mainly just had Bitnet to work with- I seeded my model with lat/long values for each of the sites (weren't nearly as many then) and then had my simulation push/pull on those locations based on how many hops and quality of connection.

The map that resulted was quite interesting, pulling the US and Europe together along with Israel and a few other select locales, and pushing others outward. I think the circles of communication and collaboration have changed tremendously with the connectivity afforded by the Internet...

1/26/2006 06:52:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Smith said...

As some further thoughts, the Enterprise Architecture camp has a great many ways on how to characterize things- if we view the Internet as an enterprise, we then get a number of things- data flows, business, and so on. Each of these would have different attributes and ways to represent and model them...

1/26/2006 06:54:00 AM  

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