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RIPEstat was created in 2010 to provide a user interface that enables people to access the wide range of data sources that describe Internet number resources. We saw a need to create a unified service to access all of these sources together. Over the past eight years RIPEstat has developed into a crucial information service for Internet stakeholders.
'''Who are these Internet stakeholders?'''
Initially the users of this data were network operators, who were interested how their network looks from the outside, but meanwhile we see a very broad range of users like law enforcement agencies which are looking for contact information for Internet resources or academia using the data to study the development of the Internet. The growth of the user base was also reflected in the number of daily requests that RIPEstat receives, which grew from 10,000 in 2010 to around 55 million by 2018. Especially over the past three years, the growth has been exponential.

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