The construction of the site of the observatory responds to three
periods which each have a history and a substructure of their own:
- the initial period 1997-2005, which presents the results and methods of
a series of measurements of the place of Latin languages, English and
German on the web, based on an original methodology based on the counting of a sample of keywords from the search engines and which is amply documented. The original website of this period is preserved and searchable online
in its original structure, which gives access to 10 studies scaled in
1996, 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2005. Goto 1997-2005.
a consecutive period 2006-2008, which gradually sees the decline of the
method following the changes that marks the Internet and concerns the
size of the web and the modus operandi of the search engines. In this period an effort is made to gather sources of information around the subject. The original website of this period has been lost and a link is
established to the archive.org site which has retained the complete
trace, until we reconstructed it. Goto 2006-2008.
- the last period since 2009, marked by the abandonment of the initial
methodology and the search for new ways to achieve the objective, either
by a very ambitious collaborative research project which sought the
support of the research programs of
the European Union (DILINET), or by practical studies which have
adopted new approaches taking account of the evolution of the web and
which for the moment have been applied mainly to French as well as
Spanish and languages of France. This site has just been organized and its launching announces a daily maintenance for the Observatory. Goto last period.