Visualization from the Opte Project of the various routes through a portion of the Internet in 2005
Visualization from the Opte Project of the various routes through a portion of the Internet in 2005

The Opte Project, created in 2003 by Barrett Lyon,[1] seeks to generate an accurate representation of the breadth of the Internet using visual graphics.[2][3] Lyon believes that his network mapping can help teach students more about the Internet while also acting as a gauge illustrating both overall Internet growth and the specific areas where that growth occurs.[2] It was not the first such project; others predated it, such as the Bell Labs Internet Mapping Project.

The project has gathered notice worldwide having been featured by Time,[4] Cornell University,[5] New Scientist,[6] and Kaspersky Lab.[7] In addition, Opte Project maps have found homes in at least two art galleries and exhibits such as The Museum of Modern Art[8] and the Museum of Science's Mapping the World Around Us permanent exhibit.[9]

At least 3 maps are shown on the Opte website[10] each representing a visual snapshot of the Internet at a specific point in time. The first snapshot was taken in 2003 and the most recent (as of August 8, 2017) was taken in 2015.[11]

All content is licensed under a Creative Commons license[12] and while use of The Opte Image is free for all non-commercial applications, a license fee is required for all others.[1][13][14]

References

  1. ^ a b "The Opte Project - FAQ". www.opte.org. LyonLabs LLC, Barrett Lyon. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The Opte Project - About". www.opte.org. LyonLabs LLC, Barrett Lyon. Archived from the original on July 7, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ "Visual Complexity - Opte Project section". www.visualcomplexity.com. VisualComplexity.com. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  4. ^ "See What the Internet Actually Looks Like". www.time.com. Time, Inc. July 13, 2015. Archived from the original on August 21, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Opte Project and Visualizing the Internet". blogs.cornell.edu. Cornell University. September 13, 2016. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  6. ^ "Internet mapping project weaves colourful web". www.newscientist.com. New Scientist, Ltd. November 28, 2003. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  7. ^ "7 amazing maps of the Internet". www.kaspersky.com. Kaspersky Lab. November 3, 2015. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  8. ^ "MOMA - Opte Project item". www.moma.org. Museum of Modern Art. Archived from the original on August 9, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  9. ^ "Mapping the World Around Us". www.mos.org. Museum of Science. Archived from the original on June 24, 2012. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  10. ^ "Maps". www.opte.org. Archived from the original on October 9, 2019. Here you will find static and dynamic 2D JPG/PNG images and 3D VRML maps of the Internet. These maps are built off of our database using two different graphing engines [...]
  11. ^ "The Opte Project - The Internet". www.opte.org. LyonLabs LLC, Barrett Lyon. Archived from the original on August 24, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  12. ^ "Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license". creativecommons.org. Creative Commons. Archived from the original on August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Opte Project - Licenses". www.opte.org. LyonLabs LLC, Barrett Lyon. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "Barrett Lyon Website - Philanthropy section". Barrett Lyon. Retrieved August 8, 2017.