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history of project

PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2005 4:42 pm
by localizer
Hi !

hostip.info is a great project! If it is possible to make ip localizing available to everyone via an open source approach it should be done, kudos to you!

Here is my question:

It would be interesting to learn more about the history of the project to be able to judge how much success this approach had to this date. When did the project's data collection start. When did it go public? There is a graph with the success rate on the front page, but it shows the rate only during the last month. Can we see the development of the successrate over the entire lifetime of the project? It would allow to judge if we are already in a plateau phase, or if the success rates are still improving over time, i.e. if new methods of geolocalizing IPs need to be added to make the project a big success. There is an interesting paper which discusses a new approach (well, new to me at least): http://www.imconf.net/imc-2004/papers/p288-gueye.pdf. Did you know about it?

Cheers!

Re: history of project

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:20 pm
by bfolkens
localizer wrote:Hi !

hostip.info is a great project! If it is possible to make ip localizing available to everyone via an open source approach it should be done, kudos to you!

Here is my question:

It would be interesting to learn more about the history of the project to be able to judge how much success this approach had to this date. When did the project's data collection start. When did it go public? There is a graph with the success rate on the front page, but it shows the rate only during the last month. Can we see the development of the successrate over the entire lifetime of the project? It would allow to judge if we are already in a plateau phase, or if the success rates are still improving over time, i.e. if new methods of geolocalizing IPs need to be added to make the project a big success. There is an interesting paper which discusses a new approach (well, new to me at least): http://www.imconf.net/imc-2004/papers/p288-gueye.pdf. Did you know about it?

Cheers!


Thanks for the kind words! Some of the information you're seeking is contained within the website, but it would be kinda nice to collect this together in a History or readme or something as well.

I will add the above to the TODO list - we're in a transition phase right now, converting to a different table/db structure - so the above suggestions we may postpone until we get things straightened out...

BTW - Interesting paper!

PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 2005 1:29 pm
by hostip
Hostip.info was founded by Simon Gornall. Some information about the project is available on http://www.hostip.info/about.html The project was taken over by Net Industries but not much has changed, only improvements have been added like the site redesign, this forum, geostats, more accurate data, and more contributions from users. Here's a bit more info taken from the page:

Contributors
The HOSTIP.INFO database would not be here if it weren't for the contributions of many. Below is a list of people who have given their contributions to build a better and more accessible database for your use. This is a very active project, and if you are interested in contributing, email me at [email protected] for more information.

Many thanks to:

* Simon Gornall - founder of the hostip project and database, and also built most of the API functions in use today!
* Carlos Averett - has written a PHP function to locally-cache results from the server. This allows you to have a halfway-house between the full-on slave server, and the hit-hostip.info-all-the-time model. Excellent :-)
* Daniel K.O. - has written an OpenGL replacement for the net-in-a-box SDL one that Simon hacked together. It's mirrored here.
* Ozone - added flags for private networks.
* Hutch Ingold - wrote a nice script to plot visitor 'hits' on a map (using php and png graphics). You can find it here Map IP Addresses of Visitors.
* Ries van Twisk - ported install scripts, etc to PostgreSQL
* Matt Briney - wrote a nice little ASP script to parse Geolocation information
* Carlos Averett - phpAdsNew geotargeting phpAdsNew plugin for geotargeting
* Makamaka Hannyaharamitu - Hostip.info perl module for easy retrieval of addresses (you can get this in CPAN at WWW::HostipInfo)
* Chris McKeever - Quick and dirty API parser for PHP hostip-parse.php


Obviously the goal of the project is to make the database as accurate as possible so we appreciate corrections and Netblock uploads. We're already past the 50% mark which is a great accomplishment!