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April 2000 Cover
April 2000
Maps, Space, and Other Metaphors for Metadata

Part 3 of a 4-part of an ongoing series on Blocks technology.

      ...what does mapping the Internet mean? A few people bought the proposition that you started with a critical mass of information from network topology and used this as a bootstrap mechanism, but not everybody was convinced. What became clear was that the map was the wrong metaphor. And, because the map was the wrong metaphor, we were solving the wrong problem. A map of a network topology assumes there is something to map. And, everybody is going to want to map something different. The map assumes a space to be mapped. Space is the proper metaphor and the map is one possible visualization of that space. Our first architectural principle thus became the late binding of the collection of the data to the means of visualizing that information.

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Also In This Issue
04/01/00 Locus, "The Four-Color Map Problem"
by Stephanie Faul.
A topologist met a topographer - they talked tints.
04/01/00 Map of the Month, "Mapping the Global Spread of the Net"
by Martin Dodge.
The virus-like spread of the Internet around the globe is the subject of a series by Larry Landweber.
04/01/00 Trip-M, "Demystifying Metadata"
by Marty Lucas.
What exactly is metadata and where do I find it in my content?
04/05/00 Web Informant #194
by David Strom.
Appreciating the innovations of Palm and AOL.
04/10/00 Web Informant #195
by David Strom.
Evaluating the new wireless Web applications.
04/20/00 Web Informant #196
by David Strom.
The Big Blur

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