Thursday, August 18, 2016

The World Wide Map of the Internet

The New Cloud Atlas is a map of the global information infrastructure which transmits data around the world. The map shows the locations of the physical hardware (such as submarine cables, telecoms towers, masts and antennae) that power the World Wide Web. Using the map you can also view the locations of warehouse data centres, internet exchanges, cables and street cabinets

The data for both the map and the information infrastructure comes from OpenStreetMap. This means that the New Cloud Atlas relies on crowd-sourced data contributed by OpenStreetMap users. It also means that you contribute information to help make the map more accurate and complete.

You can learn more about the New Cloud Atlas and how it was created on this thinkwhere blog post. The post includes links to the project's GitHub page.

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