From the latest IIA and AMAS State of the Net Issue 11:
Online audience measurement in Ireland is dogged by a torrent of data. Some of it is irrelevant (such as hits on a website, which aren’t a true measure of online traffic) and little of it is directly comparable. This makes the job of media planners, the professionals who buy online advertising, a challenging one.
The winners of the SIOC (pronounced "shock") data competition being run by DERI at the National University of Ireland, Galway have been announced. The competition ran from September to October 2008, and the brief was to produce an interesting creation based on a data set of discussion posts reflecting ten years of Irish online life from boards.ie, Ireland's largest community website.
- Best Financial Services Website - www.irishdeposits.ie
- Best Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Website - www.ireland-guide.com
- Best Digital Media Website - www.tv3.ie
- Best Sports and Leisure Website - www.imra.ie
- Best Community and Charity Website - www.heartsplay.ie
- Best Education, Research and Training Website - www.osi.ie
Boards.ie scoops Golden Spider award
ONLINE FORUM Boards.ie netted the inaugural People's Choice Award at the Eircom Golden Spiders internet awards, which were presented in Dublin last night by comedian Des Bishop.
The hugely popular discussion forum was the "clear winner", according to the organisers in the category where members of the public were invited to vote for their favourite social networking and community website.
According to island of Ireland audited data on Irish websites from ABCe, boards.ie has the second highest number of unique visitors in Ireland, currently at 1.7 million compared with RTÉ's 2.1 million visitors. This is more than the combined audited figures for both the Irish Times plus MyHome.ie (1.5 million) and for IN&M's Irish Independent plus PropertyNews.com (1.2 million).
Semantic Microblogging wins 2nd prize in the Scripting for the Semantic Web challenge!