Mapping the New Cloud Atlas

Saturday 25 June

Walks at 10am and 1pm from the FACT foyer / Free, booking required

Mapping workshop 3pm - 6pm / Media Lab / Free, drop-in


The New Cloud Atlas is a global effort to map each data place that makes up 'the cloud' in an open and accountable way. Join us on a walk around the city where we will be finding and mapping each warehouse data centre, each internet exchange, each connecting cable and switch. Anything of any physical significance in the operation of the cloud should be observed is some way, and recorded for everyone to see and use.

We will supply maps for you to take notes on, and then you are invited to come back to FACT to help add the data toy have recorded to our OpenStreetMap powered website. 


The Internet cloud first appeared in network diagrams in the 1970s and 1980s, where a cloud symbol was used to stand in for the complexity of ways in which information passes through connections between computers. Once the domain of national governments, information infrastructures like ‘the cloud’ are increasingly constructed, operated, and maintained by major multinational corporations. We trust them with our emails and our childhood photographs, our meeting plans and whatever else we use ‘the cloud’ for.

You are invited to join two of the New Cloud Atlas’s inventors on mapping walks around Liverpool to log physical infrastructure of the internet, which is currently hidden in plain sight. We will seek to find datacentres and network switches along with mundane infrastructure of fibre optic street boxes, telephone exchanges and cell phone towers. By adding these never before publicly mapped features to the OpenStreetMap powered New Cloud Atlas, you will gain a better understanding of the physical significance and operation of ‘the cloud’ while simultaneously developing the New Cloud Atlas representation of Liverpool’s digital communications infrastructures for everyone to use.

The New Cloud Atlas was initiated by Ben Dalton and geospatial developer Tim Waters with the design and research studio of Amber Frid-Jimenez and Joe Dahmen.

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