As a web developer with the Zooniverse in Oxford, one of the things I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is how we can better measure and understand who is visiting our sites and how they use them. One of the tools we use for this is Google Analytics, which breaks down visits to the site by country, demographic, language, browser and more.
Today we got curious about how well known the Zooniverse is across the world, so we asked Google Analytics to tell us about which countries our visitors live in.
We found that the most common places people visit us from are the US, the UK, Canada, Germany and Poland:
And that the most unlikely places people visit us from are Palau, St. Helena, São Tomé, Chad and Wallis & Futuna:
235, we thought? Well that’s almost every country in the world! Clearly we needed to figure out which ones were missing!
So, by comparing our list of visiting countries to the official list of countries, we found that the only countries in the world that Zooniverse has never had a visit from are:
- Christmas Island
- Cocos (Keeling) Islands
- The Gaza Strip
- North Korea
- The Pitcairn Islands
- The Vatican
- The West Bank
- Western Sahara
So, it’s time for a fun challenge, we thought…
This is our challenge to you, Zooniverse volunteers – Can you help us reach 100% global coverage? If someone you know will be visiting any of these 15 countries soon, please try and get them to visit www.zooniverse.org, so that we’ll be able to say that every country in the world is part of the Zooniverse!
* Note: you probably would need to use an official ISP or telco of that country for the visit to show up correctly as originating from that country – and that might make some of them impossible – but we can try!