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From Rob Weir <>
Subject Re: How many countries has AOO been downloaded from?
Date Fri, 19 Oct 2012 18:00:19 GMT
On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:55 PM, jan iversen <> wrote:
> This is really a lot more convincing than just a number, and something to
> be proud of !!

And intriguing.  It shows 62 downloads from the Vatican City.  So Pope
Benedict, of course.  But who are the other 61 ;-)

> Would it be an idea, to put a link in the on to this page,
> e.g. in the news area with the name (download statistics) ?

It might need some scripting, since the URL includes a date range as
parameters.  And in general I hesitate to put a home page link to some
else's database query, due to the load it could generate for them.  We
get 250K+ home page visits/day.  That could generate a lot of queries.
 So maybe we could take that info periodically (it doesn't change too
quickly) and put a static version up on the website.  That is what we
do currently for the download counts:


> Jan.
> On 19 October 2012 19:44, Rob Weir <> wrote:
>> I've seen some online traffic, on Twitter and elsewhere, questioning
>> the claim in our graduation press release that AOO has been downloaded
>> by users in "228 countries".  The critics of this claim say that there
>> are not that many countries in the world.
>> Well, it depends on how you define things.  There are UN countries.
>> There are Olympic countries.  There are postal countries.  There are
>> countries with telephone country codes.  And so on.  These don't all
>> correspond with each other. (Look at the complexities with the status
>> of Taiwan or Macedonia, for example).
>> The definition used when looking at internet traffic is (not
>> surprisingly) "internet countries", e.g., countries with an assigned
>> ccTLD (
>> ).
>>  In this scheme, for example, Martinique (.mq) and France (.fr) are
>> two different countries, although politically Martinique is an
>> overseas region, or région d'outre-mer, of France.
>> You can see the complete list of internet countries from which AOO has
>> been downloaded here:
>> As you can see, the number is now 232, indicating that the press
>> release understated the number.
>> Anyone who is interested can take this publicly available data and map
>> it to whatever other country-counting convention they wish, whether
>> based on UN membership, US diplomatic recognition, Universal Postal
>> Union, or whatever.
>> Regards,
>> -Rob

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