Report / Study :: Feasibility Study on Statistical Methods on Internet as a Source of Data Gathering (SMART 2010/030)
5 October 2012
Citizens and enterprises increasingly leave behind ‘digital footprints’. By ‘mining’ these footprints it is possible to describe a wide range of socio-economic phenomena in near real-time.
This research project proposes how to use the Internet As a Data source (IaD) to complement or substitute traditional statistical sources. The pros and cons of nine different IaD-methods are discussed, on the base of a desk review of existing practices and of three field pilot experiments. They cover all three basic types of methods:
National Official Statistical Institute and the Commission services are invited to continue exploring the opportunities offered by those methods.