Internet technology permeates almost every area of daily life. Researchers want data, statistics, and survey information about this booming industry. Established in 1996, CyberAtlas pulls together information about the Internet from a wide variety of Web-based resources.
Rather than conducting its own research, CyberAtlas gathers Internet-related surveys and data from governmental, educational, commercial, and independent organizations and presents this information in two major groups: "Big Picture" and "Markets." "Big Picture" includes the subcategories of statistics toolbox, demographics, geographics, hardware, and traffic patterns. "Markets" covers advertising, B-to-B (business to business communications), broadband, education, finance, healthcare, professional, retailing, small business, travel, and wireless.
New articles are added to the site daily and older articles are moved to an archive section (which goes back to October 1998). Examples of article topics include the most highly visited sites on the Web, dot com career trends, numbers of wired classrooms in the U.S., and the latest in wireless technology. A free text search with Boolean operators allows the user to search the entire CyberAtlas site. Each article summarizes the original study or survey presented and provides a link back to the source of the information. Articles can be emailed or reformatted for printing.
Although CyberAtlas does have guidelines for the types of information it will present on the site, it does not comment on the validity or thoroughness of the survey methods used by the original producer of the information. Users of the site may want to visit the original source of the information to find out what methods of data collection and analysis were used to produce the results presented by CyberAtlas.
While this resource comes from the commercial sector, all of the information presented is free. The site is not commercial-free, though; ads for software and hardware appear throughout CyberAtlas, which is owned by internet.com. CyberAtlas does not include information on specific products and services.
This site will prove to be helpful for anyone doing research on the Internet, its use, and future Internet technologies. CyberAtlas will be particularly useful to students in business, marketing, education, computer science, journalism, political science, and the health sciences.
Doralyn H. Edwards
University of Wyoming