Google Announces Internet Research Site

The search giant has launched a new site called ‘Value of the Web’ earlier today. The site is designed to collect research from around the globe that “sheds new light on the economic impact of the Internet.”

Google has launched the site with 19 studies of which several covering the effect of Internet in countries as diverse as Sweden, Japan and Israel. The site also features general studies on cloud computing and the impact of search. However, it is important to note here that the research available on the site is not necessarily in English. For instance, a study on the Internet in Denmark is available only in Danish language.

A good number of papers uploaded on the site are in fact Google-commissioned studies by the Boston Consulting Group, including the UK-focused Connected Kingdom report which was covered earlier. However, the site also features the work from the likes of Deloite as well.

Whether the site features the self-commissioned work or not, sharing of such kind of research on the site perfectly in line with the search giant’s policy of encouraging more people to go online. The more people go online, the more people will use Google services. The site also exhibits in itself schemes including Internet education in India and getting businesses online in Kenya, the latter of which received a lot of criticism in the previous week. The company also started an institute in Berlin to study online innovation in 2011 and there are chances that its research will find its way to the new site somewhere in future.

At the moment, the ‘Value of the Web’ site is lacking some of the final tweaks and touches as partner logos are missing, and also two of the studies. However, the site is still worth bookmarking so as to assist you whenever you are in need of some data fodder to reinforce a pro-Internet argument or pitch in the coming time.

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