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The Hostcount uses the following process:
The Hostcount is more accurate and more data is collected when a 'local' machine collects the data. This usually means a machine that is geographically situated in the country that the TLD represents. The main reasons for this are:
Because of the increased accuracy of third party data, we prefer that the data collection is done by a local site wherever possible, usually a Network Information Centre (NIC), University or similar institution.
To collect the data, each local organisation runs the host tool on their TLD code. host acts conceptually as follows
For all of the TLDs served by the RIPE NCC that do not have a local data collector, the RIPE NCC collects the data from its site in Amsterdam. The method used is the same as for the local data as described above.
The RIPE NCC collects the files from the sites of the local collectors using FTP. Once a complete set of files is gathered, the data is analysed and summary statistics are published