Internet Surveys, Statistics, and Geography
Kirkwood, Hal P., Jr., Online
This collection of links can
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There is a growing need for Internet-related demographic and growth information, Internet traffic statistics, and visual maps of the Internet and World Wide Web. These sites can be particularly useful in presentations where growth information or visual representations of network traffic are desirable. It is also extremely interesting to browse through them for a better understanding of the size and scope of the Internet.
The NetCopter site provides a table of Internet service providers and root name servers that includes their IP address, packet loss information, and traceroute information. The testing of these sites is from the NetCopter home, therefore, this is only a single view of the Internet traffic to these sites. It is, however, useful in determining how much data is lost at any given moment across the network.
The Internet Health Report
The Internet Health Report provided by Daze Networks, Inc. provides information similar to that provided by NetCopter. IP addresses and packet loss information is the primary resource. However, this site runs the tests from two locations, one from Marina Del Ray, California and one from Salt Lake City, Utah. This provides a useful level of comparison across the network from two separate points.
The Internet Weather Report
IWR is a network testing site maintained by Matrix Information and Discovery Services, Inc. (MIDS). MIDS provides "ongoing animated scans of conditions within the Internet." Images include the United States, Europe, United Kingdom, Italy, East Asia, and several other countries and regions. Information available on these maps includes a number of domains in a specific area and latency (also called "lag," this is an indication of the amount of time it takes for a packet to travel to the site and back again).
Internet Traffic Report
The Traffic Report monitors the flow of traffic and provides an indexed number and trend information to determine the status of the network. Also available is average response time and average packet loss information. Graphs for the last 24 hours, last 7 days, and last 30 days on the three statistics are provided as well.
INTERNET DEMOGRAPHICS &
CyberAtlas is part of the internet. com world of resources. The site consists of full-text articles on trends and statistics on the industry of the Internet. There are three primary subsections: The Big Picture, Markets, and Resources. The Big Picture consists of Demographics, Geographics, Hardware, and Traffic Patterns. Markets is broken down into Advertising, Education, Finance, Professional, Retailing, and Travel. The Resources section contains information about CyberAtlas as well as an archive of articles back to October 1998 and a Stats Toolbox. The Stats Toolbox contains links to a variety of ratings and consumer tracking companies including Nielsen/Net Ratings, Media Metrix, Adknowledge, and many others. This site is extremely useful for the variety of statistical marketing information available. Greenfield Online: Research Findings http://www.greenfieldcentral.com/ research.html
Greenfield Online is a full-service market research company. While the majority of their information and services are fee-based, they have provided access to a selection of free demographic surveys. The available reports consist of a regularly updated Online Shopping Index, three Digital Living Room Surveys, and a Powerpoint slideshow on the Shopping Index survey conducted in November 1998.
Global Internet Statistics
An excellent resource that lists in tabular format approximately 26 languages with their amount of Internet access. Also available in the table is percentage of the world population, GDP for each group, and number of net hosts. Each language statistic is cited to determine where the information originated from and how the number was calculated.
GW's WWW User Surveys
Georgia Institute of Technology's Graphics, Visualization & Usability Center has conducted ten surveys stretching back to January 1994. The surveys include information on general demographics and electronic commerce with specific topics such as online privacy, software filters, Net shopping, and banking. Special sections have included Webmasters, cultural issues, Internet service providers, HTML authoring, Java, etc. The site is an excellent source of demographic information due to its broad coverage over the development of the World Wide Web.
International Communication Inc.'s Headcount.com site summarizes market research reports focusing on who is online and where. Sections of particular note are the Country Count, Language Count, and Region Count, which all provide the ability to find demographic information. The format allows for easy comparisons between countries, languages, or regions.
The Internet Index http://www.openmarket.com/ intindex/index.cfm
Based on the Harper's Index of odd facts and statistics, the Internet Index is a collection of Internet related demographic facts. Indexes are available as far back as December 1993. Versions are available with or without cited sources. The Index is maintained by Win Treese, of Open Market, Inc.
NUA Internet Surveys
This impressive metasite of Internetrelated survey information is overflowing with statistical reports. Survey information conducted by Nua and other independent surveys is available. For an idea of how big the site is there are 15 categories under the Business heading, 7 under Social, 8 under Technical, 5 under Demographics, and a listing by major continent. Additional features include an index of graphs and charts, a year in review report, a bimonthly report, as well as an email alerting service to announce when new reports become available. Quick tip: this is where you go to answer the question how many people are online?
Survey.Net takes a slightly different approach with constantly running surveys on a variety of topics. A plethora of interesting information, trends, and opinions can be found here. They do, however, actively promote filling out their surveys. A sampling of the surveys includes Stress & Honesty, Internet Religion, Internet Users, Current Issues, and many more.
VISUALIZING THE INTERNET
Cyber-Geography Research http://www.cybergeography.org/
Have you ever wanted to provide visual pictures of the Internet or Net traffic statistics in your presentation? This site will meet your needs. It collects and comments on academic research and commercial products that provide visual pictures of cyberspace. Graphics can include saturation of domain names, network traffic, graphic representations of Web sites and searches, and many more. The site consists of two parts. The first is the Geography of Cyberspace Directory http:/www.cybergeography.org/ geography_of_cyberspace.html, which contains quotes and information on cyberspace, visualizing information, links to Internet data, full-text articles and white papers and RFCs, conferences, and organizations. The second is The Atlas of Cyberspaces http:// www.cybergeography.org/atlas/atlas. html, which contains the following categories of maps and graphic representations:
Web Site Maps
These thirteen categories are each given a page with a selection of graphics and links to the creating department or company. Caution, this is not for slow modem connections. These pages are very heavy in the size and number of graphics. Small and large versions of the images are provided.
This collection of links can provide you with information about the Internet, whether it is traffic statistics, demographic data, or visual images. Check them often for a better understanding of the ever-changing, and controversial, world of Internet metrics.
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Publication information: Article title: Internet Surveys, Statistics, and Geography. Contributors: Kirkwood, Hal P., Jr. - Author. Magazine title: Online. Volume: 23. Issue: 5 Publication date: September/October 1999. Page number: 90+. © 2009 Information Today, Inc. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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