An Atlas Of The Worlds Of Cyberspace

Maps of the physical world are obsolete. The vintage web page Atlas of Cyberspaces offers a strange and wonderful collection of nineties-era renderings of digital geographies – including physical infrastructure, virtual gaming realms, website and surfing structures, flows of communication, and more:

This is an atlas of maps and graphic representations of the geographies of the new electronic territories of the Internet, the World-Wide Web and other emerging Cyberspaces.

These maps of Cyberspaces – cybermaps – help us visualise and comprehend the new digital landscapes beyond our computer screen, in the wires of the global communications networks and vast online information resources.

Some of the maps you will see in the Atlas of Cyberspaces will appear familiar, using the cartographic conventions of real-world maps, however, many of the maps are much more abstract representations of electronic spaces, using new metrics and grids.

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  • Randys MarshmellowMan

    that website is roughly been abandoned for 7 years, now.

  • Mr Grim

    “Maps of the physical world are obsolete.”

    Well, I was having a lousy day, but that opening line has cheered me up immensely. Contender for most inaccurate opening line ever? ;-)

    Map of the physical world: still actually useful for myriad purposes.

    Maps on that site: mostly obsolete.

    Vaguely interesting to poke around though. And if I ever find myself in some kind of odd time warp where a seven year-old map of Britannia or Everquest is essential, at least I’ll know where to go.

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