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The UK Government’s Office for National Statistics has just  released their Internet Access – Households and Individuals, 2011 report (.pdf)

Key findings:

77 per cent of households now have Internet access

45 per cent of Internet users used a mobile phone to connect to the Internet

6 million people accessed the Internet over their mobile phone for the first time in the last year

The use of wireless hotspots almost doubled in the last 12 months to 4.9 million users

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Google has announced a partnership with the British Library to digitise 250,000 out of copyright books dating from 1700 – 1780 from the Library’s collection.

Once digitised, these unique books will be available for full text search, download and reading through Google Books, as well as being searchable through the Library’s website and stored in perpetuity within the Library’s digital archive. It is also planned to make the works available via Europeana, the European Digital Library.

Researchers, students and other users of the Library will be able to view historical items from anywhere in the world as well as copy, share and manipulate text for non-commercial purposes.

Recently, the Library announced a partnership with brightsolid to digitise up to 40 million pages of its newspaper collections and previously the Library partnered with Microsoft to digitise 65,000 19th century books, some of which are now available as an App on Apple’s iPad.

The top 10 advertisers ranked by search advertising spend* Oct-Dec 2010 which represented a $3.4 billion market during the fourth quarter of 2010 in the U.S were

  1    $51.0 million    Amazon
  2    $27.0 million    AT&T
  3    $26.0 million    Capital One
  4    $25.0 million    Target Department Store
  5    $23.0 million    Expedia
  6    $22.0 million    Ebay
  7    $19.0 million    Progressive
  8    $17.0 million    Sprint
  9    $16.5 million    Geico
 10   $16.2 million    State Farm

* Paid search advertising estimates for Google U.S.  activity

Kantar Media hes more

The internet now accounts for a quarter of all advertising spend in the UK after growing by 12.8% in 2010 and exceeding £4.1 billion ($6.5 billion)

Guy Phillipson, head of the IAB, said the market was “almost back in its pre-recession heyday” and online spending was “higher than I expected”. “In 2009, brands really began to understand how to use the internet. That has improved in 2010 – a year when budgets have also grown,” he said. The total advertising market grew by 7.2 per cent, with 77 of the top 100 advertisers increasing their spending last year, according to the research group Nielsen. Consumer goods and retail companies raised their online budgets to become two of the four largest spenders on display advertisements. However, the financial sector spent the most in 2010, overtaking entertainment and media, with a 15.2 per cent share, the report said

The UK Independent Newspaper has more

IDN Blog has an interesting interview with John Kane of Afilias on International Domain Names (IDNs) which examines how well the Internet can currently support IDN solutions for IDN domains, IDN TLDs and IDN Emails around the world.

83% of the world’s population is estimated to be non-English speaking, yet for years they have been unable to communicate in their own languages via Web and e-mail addresses. Afilias is currently beta testing IDN E-mail a software package that is standards-based and allows people to use almost any language in their e-mail address.

Google’s Street View is from today available in all seven continents as the Google mapping service has just gone live in 3 new places Antarctica Brazil and Ireland.  This map view shows just how much of the world Google as already mapped. Whlist the area of Antarctica mapped is very small, running the Man Icon over Antarctica shows some stunning photos from all over Antarctica.

IMS Research say sometime this month the 5 billionth device will plug into the Internet and are forcasting over 22 billion connected deivices by 2020.

Today over 1 billion computers worldwide are regularly connected to the Internet and this number is steadily growing.

The second wave of growth has and is being driven by the mobile phone industry, and the global number of Internet connected phones has now surpassed the number of connected computers. The number of phones is still growing at a much faster rate.

The study adds in emerging Internet connected device sectors such as tablets, netbooks, eBook readers, Internet TVs, digital picture frames, cameras, etc., and reaches 5 billion connected devices.

Pingdom had some interesting statistics in a report on the size of the Internet last year.

ComScore have just released a very interesting white paper “Women on the Web – How Women are Shaping the Internet”. The paper provides insights into the differnet ways men and women inteteract with the web.

Areas covered include

  • The Gender Divide
  • Women and the Social Web
  • Women and Retail
  • Content for Women
  • Search Activity
  • Entertaining Women
  • Mobile Women

Once connected women embrace the Internet, however globally women are still sligtly in the minorty with 46% of the global Internet population being female.  The white paper breaks down these differences further

“Singapore, the U.S., New Zealand, Russia and Canada have the highest proportion of adult female Web users – all with 50 percent or more. Countries with the lowest proportion of female Web users include two countries where Internet penetration is still extremely low – India and Indonesia, with 28 and 35 percent, respectively.”

The ComScore White Paper is a available here
Women on the Web How women are shaping the Internet 
(Registration required.)

Live (real time train) departure data from the Transport for London API  is overlaid on Google maps to produce a map showing the current location of London Underground trains.  Once the map has initialised you can see all the trains moving around the network in real time.

This (beta) real time tube map was coded in a few hours last weekend!

Last week the British national mapping agency the Ordnance Survey opened its doors providing for the first time in its 263 year history free online unrestricted public access to its maps and mapping data.

The Ordnance Survey (OS)  has made avilable its 1:250,000 series  maps on-line and is also providing it’s map data for download together with a set of Openspace API tools for embedding the maps into websites and apps.

The London Times has an interesting overview of the history and changes at the OS.