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How "World Wide" is the Web? : trends in the internationalization of Web sites

Author: Brian F Lavoie; Edward T O'Neill; OCLC. Office of Research.
Edition/Format:   Article : Document   Computer File : EnglishView all editions and formats
Publication:Annual review of OCLC research (Online) 1999
Database:WorldCat
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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  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Article, Computer File, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Brian F Lavoie; Edward T O'Neill; OCLC. Office of Research.
OCLC Number: 53995027
Notes: Title from caption title screen (viewed Janaury 8, 2004).
Details: Mode of access: Internet.
Responsibility: by Brian F. Lavoie and Edward T. O'Neill.

Abstract:

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.

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