World Wide Web Data: A Database of Databases

It’s been almost two decades since Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, first proposed the idea of the ‘semantic web’, where data of all descriptions would colonize the web in open, machine-readable formats. This, he enthused back in 1998, would turn the medium from a web of hypertext documents into something far more useful – a global ‘database of databases’ where people (and machines) could tap into a myriad of open data sources to build useful new applications and services.

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Tencent is the Chinese social network, chat software and gaming developer. The company has grown from a simple startup to the biggest revenue spinner on the gaming frontier, and is now one of the most successful companies in the world. Tencent sits in the number one position in the gaming market with regards to revenue, with a 21% increase year on year as of December 2015 and a fourth quarter earnings of $2463 million. The company earned more than $3 billion in smartphone game revenue in 2015 and is listed on Forbes as one of the world’s most innovative companies.

When running a webserver your log files can rapidly fill with information about the visitors to your site, Webalizer can help.

Your webserver’s log files can be a mine of useful information with regards to the users visiting your website. Unfortunately, reading this information from the logs isn’t the simplest of tasks. To make this resource more useful there are tools available that look through the log files and generate statistics from them. Webalizer is one of these tools: it runs at regular intervals and creates statistics from your website logs as well as charts of usage. It is free and open source, being licensed under the GNU GPL.

Big data and privacy seem to be at odds. Providing data to companies creates modern day conveniences, but it also allows businesses to see too much into our everyday consumer lives.


When running a web server your log files can rapidly fill with information about the visitors to your site: Webalizer can help.

Discover more within your website and how it is being used by installing AWStats on your Linux system.

One of the more important aspects of running a website is knowing how your visitors are using your website.  This is where website analytics come in. These can help you discover which pages are most popular, which don’t work, which search terms are bringing users to your site and how long they are staying. While many shared hosting providers will supplement some form of analytics software with your hosting package, when you run your own dedicated server or virtual private server you’ll need to pick your own solution. There are a number of options available that can provide different interfaces and statistics. It’s well worth spending the time to experiment with a few to see which you like the most. In this article we will be covering installing the AWStats analytics tool.