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State of the Internet data: Ask and Ye Shall Receive

With the release of the Fourth Quarter, 2015 State of the Internet Report, we've also made a small but important update to the associated data visualization tools on www.stateoftheinternet.com.

While the report itself generally covers either the top ten countries or states, or a selected set of countries/regions, we often get requests for full data sets.  Researchers, journalists, folks involved in broadband initiatives, and others have asked for data on all 50 states, or the full complement of countries in a given region, either for the current quarter, or going back several years.

A few years ago, we made two data visualization tools available on the State of the Internet website:

  • A map-based visualization, which allows users to select a geographic region and a report metric. The tool generates a choropleth map that shows the values of the metric for all of the countries/states in that region during the current quarter.
  • A graph-based visualization, which allows users to select a timeframe of interest (going back to Q3 2007), a report metric, and the countries/states they are interested in. The tool generates a graph plotting the values of the metric for the selected geographies over the selected time period.

Leveraging Highcharts and Highmaps allows us to produce customized visualizations, and more importantly, allows users to export the maps or graphs as bitmap or vector files to be included on their own sites.  Starting today, users can also export a CSV file of the data set that they are currently viewing.  To do so, simply choose the "Download CSV" option from the 'hamburger menu' at the upper right corner of the map or graph tool.  (Previously, downloading the associated CSV files required being able to sniff HTTP requests and responses to find the relevant URLs - we think this new option is much more convenient...)

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This new capability has been a long time in coming, and we hope that it makes it easier for fans of the State of the Internet Report to make more and better use of the underlying data.  As always, if you have any questions about the data or the visualization tools, please reach out to us at stateoftheinternet@akamai.com.