The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis


CASA Working Paper 11


1 May 1999

Mapping Cyberspace: Visualising, Analysing and Exploring Virtual Worlds

In the past years, with the development of computer networks such as the Internet and world wide web (WWW), cyberspace has been increasingly studied by researchers in various disciplines such as computer sciences, sociology, geography, and cartography as well. Cyberspace is mainly rooted in two computer technologies: network and virtual reality.

Cybermaps, as special maps for cyberspace, have been used as a tool for understanding various aspects of cyberspace. As recognised, cyberspace as a virtual space can be distinguished from the earth we live on in many ways. Because of these distinctions, mapping it implies a big challenge for cartographers with their long tradition of mapping things in clear ways. This paper, by comparing it to traditional maps, addresses various cybermap issues such as visualising, analysing and exploring cyberspace from different aspects.

This working paper is available as a PDF. The file size is 423KB.

Authors: Bin Jiang, Ferjan Ormeling

Publication Date: 1/3/1999

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