Using the Internet as a data source
Feasibility Study on Statistical Methods on Internet as a Source of Data Gathering (SMART 2010/030)
This research project proposes how to use the Internet as a Data source (IaD) to complement or substitute traditional statistical sources. The pros and cons of nine different IaD-methods are discussed, on the base of a desk review of existing practices and of three field pilot experiments. They cover all three basic types of methods:
- User centric measurements that capture changes in behaviour at the client (PC, smartphone) of an individual user;
- Network-centric measurements that focus on measuring properties of the underlying network;
- Site-centric measurements that obtain data from webservers (robots).