Accession Number : ADA320510

Title :   Survivability of Free Information Resources on the Web.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Romano, Charles A.

PDF Url : ADA320510

Report Date : SEP 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 46

Abstract : Economists rightly believe that people rarely give away valuable resources. Yet a casual look at the World Wide Web suggests otherwise. This thesis shows that the economists are right: firms and organizations, even on the World Wide Web, rarely give away valuable information. Instead, the Web sites are "advertising sites." Just as "free TV" is based on paid advertising, apparently free access to Web sites is really access to advertising. This conclusion is based on a statistical analysis of 58 Web sites. The sites were chosen using the snowball relational sampling technique, whereby one Web site leads logically to others. Five percent of the sampled sites were closed during the period of the study. Hypothesis testing using the variables category, product, motive, revenue base, charges, and documentation permit the conclusion that the remaining 95 percent are likely to be maintained by their hosts and sponsors. This is comforting news for DoD users of informational services on the Web. DoD users are likely to have access to such services in the future.

Descriptors :   *INFORMATION SYSTEMS, *WIDE AREA NETWORKS, *REVENUE SHARING, GLOBAL, COMPUTER GATEWAYS, COMPUTER COMMUNICATIONS, THESES, SAMPLING, USER NEEDS, ACCESS, RESOURCES, STATISTICAL ANALYSIS, INFORMATION THEORY, INTERNET.

Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Cybernetics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE