Hal P. Kirkwood, Jr. (firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.geocities.com/ CollegePark/Union/7290/) is Assistant Professor of Library Science at Purdue University, Management & Economics Library.
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," tins 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 & STATISTICS
CyberAtlas is part of the internet. corn 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, Acknowledge, and many others. This site is extremely useful for the variety of statistical marketing information available.
Greenfield Online: Research Findings
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. …