For more and more online users the device of choice is a mobile device and for more and more of these users ‘Apps are the Web and the Web is Apps”.
Applications (Apps) for mobile devices can be downloaded and installed in seconds. These apps focus on certain needs and perhaps half a dozen of Apps meet the daily online demands for you and me.
With Apple’s planned App store for laptop and desktop computers these devices join this philosophy, too. So what about the future of Websurfing using classic browsers? And what about the future of complex Websites offering many levels of browser navigation and tons of pages delivering information?
The discussion (the fight) is under way and the users will decide.
For information suppliers like statistical agencies this issue is of huge importance.
How to ensure the mission for public information and democracy given such developments in the online world?
– with traditional websites?
– with (small) Apps (or Widgets) with specific, user-focused information portions?
– or both (for how long)?
– with integration into existing Apps or platforms where people are, like facebook or Google?
There are already today some interesting developments in statistics’ dissemination giving partial answers.
So have a look at:
CBS iPhone App (search CBS Statline in the iPhone App store)
And also some of the widgets like i.e. https://blogstats.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/imaodbc-2010-and-the-winner-is/