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Raw topology and performance data for Internet researchers

This page contains information for researchers on how to gain access to skitter data and the acceptable use policy for said skitter data.

The skitter infrastructure was retired on February 8, 2008 in favor of the next generation Archipelago (Ark) topology measurement infrastructure.

skitter data access application procedure

  • Review the Acceptable Use Agreement below.
  • Fill in the Skitter Data Request Form
  • Notification of username creation and initial password will be sent approximately two days after approval by the skitter data administrator.

Sample analysis code for processing skitter data is publicly available.

Questions or concerns should be addressed to

    Acceptable use policy for skitter data

  • 1. Skitter data will not be distributed beyond authorized users.
  • 2. I will notify CAIDA of the names and email addresses of any students or other faculty assisting me in research using the skitter data.
  • 3. In so far as possible, privacy of end users (hosts) and networks monitored by skitter will be respected by the researchers. Any publications will anonymize IP addresses, network names, and domain names.
  • 4. At the end of the research, or semi-annually (which ever is less), a summary of the research and any findings/conclusions will be reported to CAIDA. If any research is described on the WWW, a URL will be provided.
  • 5. Insofar as possible, research findings and conclusions using skitter data will be published and/or made publicly available. The following attribution will be included:
"The data used in this research was collected as part
of CAIDA's skitter initiative,
Support for skitter is provided by DARPA, NSF,
and CAIDA membership."

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