‘Sitemaps’ are hierarchical online website page listings used as aids to robotic web indexers. The goal of this project is to develop a sitemap that takes ‘map’ literally, translating the page hierarchy and organization into an imagined transportation hierarchy, and placing it in an imaginary spatial context derived from site metadata. Using principles from cellular automata models, we built a plugin for WordPress that, on each new page request, uses available post metadata to produce a unique, stochastic map-of-the-website. Written in PHP with some client-side animation help from JavaScript, the program outputs the map in Scalable Vector Graphics(SVG) in the body of a page. Human users as much as bots then can explore the map and make sense of the way posts and pages are connected in the logical structure of the site.

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