[Geowanking] local web search stats
sparafina at comcast.net
Wed Sep 21 09:57:36 PDT 2005
I think that the 80% is a geospatial legend (akin to an urban legend).
I've been hearing that figure since the late '80s, so I suspect that it
comes from some vendor marketing literature.
I found this series of articles on local search:
There are a lot of other related articles linked in the series.
Gregory Yetman wrote:
> I've often heard the quote that 80% of all data can be georeferenced.
> I've never found a source that I can cite for this though. Google
> turns up:
> among others but no peer-reviewed articles exist that I know of.
> More to the point, people have pointed out that while much information
> can be georeferenced, doing so is not always useful. Any physical
> object on the planet, and thus any information about a given object,
> can be georeferenced. What use is it to know the coordinates of a
> soccer ball during a game? Or the books on a library shelf? Knowing
> the location of the library may be important, or how to request a
> book, but the actual book location (or tagging the reference to the
> book) is probably not of much use. On the other hand, you cannot
> georeference a piece of information like a legal ruling. Having good
> boundaries for where the legal ruling is enforceable can be quite
> useful though!
> My 2¢...
> Anselm Hook wrote:
>> Anybody have any statistics to nail down how much human information is
>> about location? - or say how much day-to-day conversation involves
>> location? - I imagine it is something like 80%.
>> - a
>> On Wed, 21 Sep 2005, Martin Tomko wrote:
>>> Dear List,
>>> some time ago I found a statistic about what percentage of search on
>>> Web is local in nature. Extensive googling did not find me the article
>>> again. MEa culpa, I did not bookmark it (or am I lost in my
>>> bookmarks? :))
>>> Can anyone point me to a reliable articel (even better, a paper?) I
>>> remember it was around 35-40%... Ah well, back to google...
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