Internet Infrastructure Wiki

By tmuirtmuir (1228852876|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

My wiki is on the topic of Internet Infrastructure. I thought that it would be an interesting topic for this class because in BIT330 we obviously dealt so much but ignored the physical side of things. When Ben Lewis from Google came in to speak and mentioned so many times how expensive bandwith and servers can be I thought that it added a little bit to my project, just to get the topic on to the minds of people.

Overall, the topic turned out to be less interesting than I thought it might when I picked it as a topic. I picked it just shortly after Comcast's bandwith limits went in to place. Right around that time a lot of media attention was being given to this event and the rise of HD on demand content and video sites like YouTube requiring more and more bandwith. However, shortly after that people just stopped caring so much - as they so often do.

What Went Well

The home page serves as a really nice portal to the site. It gives a nice summary of the site as a whole and provides direct links to any part of the site that a person viting for the first (or second or nth) time might want to check out.

Also, I like the overall structure of the site. I think that my wiki does a really good job of embracing the wiki format - providing lots of links on every page, embedding images and video, and making navigation as easy as possible. From the Top Bar Menu you can get to any place on the site that you would want to from any other. The history section is completely encapsulated and isolated from the current events section which I like because it prevents people from wandering off to something they might not want or be interested in. Unless they go to the Top Bar and navigate away on purpose. The sources are also accessible from any page on the site - both from the top bar menu or from a link at the bottom of every page with information so that they can know where my sources came from and how to find more themselves.

The Current Events half of the site is certainly the strongest. RSS Feeds brought me most of the information for the whole site, and they were obviously more useful for here than in the history section.

Network Neutrality is the best part of the Current Events section. It has the most information, by far the most interesting content and I really like the way that it is laid out. It uses some video resources which are very relevant and I think that helps make the site more accessible to more people and can keep them engaged without just clicking through and missing everything that might be important.

The sources section is simple and straight forward. Pick which kind of topic you want to get more information on and you can find out what I did and how to do more yourself. It isn't nearly as nice as Jennifer Stanczak's Resource Page (which I thought was awesome and deserved a shout out) but the format is straight forward, consistent and accurate.

Hindsight is 20/20

Well, honestly, first of all if I had to do it again I probably wouldn't have done it internet infrastructure. The topic just wasn't all that interesting much beyond the surface. Network Neutrality was far more interesting and I think it would have probably made a better topic on its own, and I think that shows on the site.

My inner nerd did find the history section pretty interesting. Packet switching and all the technology that went in to making the internet what it is today is pretty interesting, but I don't know how many people agree with me on that. Anything more complicated that what was in the wikipedia article was already starting to get out of my depth and I have a programming background already. I'm not sure how much this appeals to Joe Googler that stumbles on my site, but maybe that isn't the point.

All that said, I am mostly pleased with the final product. There's a lot of good information to be had there, and all compiled in one place that you won't find anywhere else on the internet.

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