In: Journal of Urban Technology, Vol. 4, No. 3, 1997, p. 47-60.
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TY - JOUR
T1 - Tracking the net
T2 - Using domain names to measure the growth of the Internet in U.S. cities
AU - Moss, Mitchell L.
AU - Townsend, Anthony
N1 - Funding Information: In order to understand the significance of domain names, it is importanttounderstandthateverysystemontheInternethasaunique numerical address, for example 126.96.36.199. Because these numerical addresses would be quite difficult for most people to remember and use on a daily basis, the domain name system allows us to create and use intuitive names to address Internet systems. It does this by associating, or "mapping," an alphanumeric name, such as www.nyu.edu, to these purely numerical addresses. In general, a domain name represents a single organizational entity present on the Internet (e.g., a corporation, university, or nonprofit agency). Simply put, a domain name represents a naming authority—the ability and right to assign names under a certain hierarchy.Forexample,thenyu.edudomainencompassesallInternet activities at New York University and allows the organization that controls the nyu.edu domain to give its Internet-connected systems suchnames aswww.nyu.eduormailserve.is.nyu. edu.Noother entity can map a domain name that ends with nyu.edu to the numerical address of an Internet-connected system. IntheUnitedStates,nearlyalldomainregistrationservices from January 1993 through mid-1997 were provided by the InterNIC, a jointproject ofAT&T,GeneralAtomics,andNetwork Solutions,Inc., supported by the National Science Foundation. As a result, for the period in question, there exists a centralized, professionally administrated database of domain names that includes both the sponsor organizations and the addresses of those organizations. The completeness and geographical specificity of the domain name data set makes it a highly attractive preliminary tool for measuring Internet activity. Our primary measures have been of numbers of domains, domain density (the number of registered domains per 1,000 inhabitants of a city), and the growth of domain registration. Copyright: Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.
PY - 1997
Y1 - 1997
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U2 - 10.1080/10630739708724566
DO - 10.1080/10630739708724566
M3 - Article
AN - SCOPUS:0031314667
SN - 1063-0732
VL - 4
SP - 47
EP - 60
JO - Journal of Urban Technology
JF - Journal of Urban Technology
IS - 3