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The rise and fall of text on the Web: a quantitative study of Web archives

Cocciolo, A. (2015). The rise and fall of text on the Web: a quantitative study of Web archives. Information Research, 20(3), paper 682. Retrieved from (Archived by WebCite® at

Introduction. This study addresses the following research question: is the use of text on the World Wide Web declining? If so, when did it start declining, and by how much has it declined?
Method. Web pages are downloaded from the Internet Archive for the years 1999, 2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014, producing 600 captures of 100 prominent and popular Webpages in the United States from a variety of sectors.
Analysis. Captured Webpages were analysed to uncover if the percentage of text they present to users has declined over the past fifteen years using a computer vision algorithm, which deciphers text from non-text. The percentage of text per Webpage is computed as well as the mean percentage of text per year. A one-way ANOVA is used to uncover if the percentage of text on Webpages is reliant on the year the Website was produced.
Results. Results reveal that the percentage of text on Webpages climbed from the late 1990s to 2005 where it peaked (with 32.4% of the Webpage), and has been in decline ever since. Websites in 2014 have 5.5% less text than 2005 on average, or 26.9% text. This is more text than in the late 1990s, with Webpages having only 22.4% text.
Conclusions. This study confirms using a systematic approach what many have observed anecdotally: that the percentage of text on Webpages is decreasing.”

Data Visualization Details All Jobs in America

Via GOOD: Here’s Every Single Job in America, Mapped by Demetria Irwin “Over a recent break from school, Harvard sociology Ph.D. candidate Robert Manduca whipped up a fascinating visualization of the geography of American jobs, powered by data sets from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics… “Before you dig in to “Where are the Jobs?: Employment in America… Continue Reading

A Guide to Cyber Risk

“Cyber risk is now a major threat to clients’ businesses. Companies increasingly face new exposures including first-and third-party damage, business interruption (BI) and regulatory consequences.  A Guide to Cyber Risk examines global trends and developments in cyber, while also identifying the emerging risks that will significantly impact the industry in the near future. > Download… Continue Reading

Federal Reserve issues FOMC statement

Release Date: September 17, 2015: “Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in July suggests that economic activity is expanding at a moderate pace. Household spending and business fixed investment have been increasing moderately, and the housing sector has improved further; however, net exports have been soft. The labor market continued to improve,… Continue Reading

Census – Latest Local Health Insurance Statistics

“Between 2013 and 2014, the majority of metropolitan areas saw an increase in the percentage of people covered by health insurance, according to statistics released today from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, the nation’s most comprehensive information source on American households. The 2014 American Community Survey provides statistics on over 40 social, economic… Continue Reading

GAO Reports – Federal Student Loans, Grants Management, International Classification of Diseases, Prepositioned Stocks, Surface Transportation Security

Federal Student Loans: Education Could Do More to Help Ensure Borrowers Are Aware of Repayment and Forgiveness Options, GAO-15-663: Published: Aug 25, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015. Grants Management: EPA Has Opportunities to Improve Planning and Compliance Monitoring, GAO-15-618: Published: Aug 17, 2015. Publicly Released: Sep 17, 2015. International Classification of Diseases: CMS Has… Continue Reading