Soon after graphic designer Martin Vargic published his Map of the Internet on the website deviantART, it quickly caught the attention of media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and the HuffingtonPost, with one writer declaring it “quite possibly the most brilliant thing ever.” With a concept inspired by Randall Munroe’s work of the same title, this map takes its visual cues from the cartographic style of National Geographic. The work is divided into two distinctive parts. The eastern portion, the “old world,” features software companies, gaming and entertainment companies, and media sites. The western part, the “new world,” is composed of two major continents: the northern one contains social networks, search websites, video websites, blogs, and forums; the southern continent features the major adult-oriented websites, along with sites sharing pirated movies, music, or software. At the very bottom lies the ‘Great Southern Land’ of obsolete websites and online services. Outside the main map are four smaller maps showing U.S. National Security Agency monitoring by country, the most used internet browsers, the most heavily used social networks, and the level of internet penetration by country. To view more maps detailing topics such as political affiliations or common stereotypes, visit the mapmaker’s website at http://www.halcyonmaps.com.
Vargic, Martin. 2014. Map of the Internet. Courtesy of Halcyon Maps & Martin Vargic. In "10th Iteration (2014): The Future of Science Mapping," Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, edited by Katy Börner and Samuel Mills. http://scimaps.org
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Acknowledgements: This exhibit is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. IIS-0238261, CHE-0524661, IIS-0534909 and IIS-0715303, the James S. McDonnell Foundation; Thomson Reuters; the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center, University Information Technology Services, and the School of Library and Information Science, all three at Indiana University. Some of the data used to generate the science maps is from the Web of Science by Thomson Reuters and Scopus by Elsevier. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.