Spatial analysis of the World Wide Web

Shiode, Narushige and Dodge, Martin (1999) Spatial analysis of the World Wide Web. Networks and Communication Studies (NETCOM), 13(1-2), pp. 9-24. ISSN (print) 0987-6014


This study utilises spatial analysis techniques and geographical information systems technologies to explore the structure of the World Wide Web in terms of node connectivity. We investigate the number of homepages and the reciprocal hyperlinks between 180 major global Internet domains. The hyperlink structure of the Web is treated as a network and a virtual distance between these domains is calculated using a shortest path methodology from which the mini-sum distance of all the sites is determined. The results are presented using a celestial map style of visualisation.

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