RT Journal DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 53995027 LA English T1 How "World Wide" is the Web? trends in the internationalization of Web sites A1 Lavoie, Brian F., O'Neill, Edward T., OCLC., Office of Research., YR 1999 JF Annual review of OCLC research (Online) AB The Web is often characterized as a universal information space, in the sense that the provision of and access to Web content is open to all. It is well known, however, that the majority of Web content originates from a small group of English-speaking countries, chiefly the United States. This paper examines trends in the internationalization of Web content, and in particular, whether the Web is becoming increasingly globalized as it matures, and to what segment of the world's countries and languages it currently extends. Sample data from 1998 and 1999 suggests that the Web's content is still far from a true global cross-section, but is slowly expanding both in terms of its geographical origins and the languages in which it is made available.