An Analysis of Usage of a Digital Library

  • Steve Jones
  • Sally Jo Cunningham
  • Rodger McNab
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1513)


As experimental digital library testbeds gain wider acceptance and develop significant user bases, it becomes important to investigate the ways in which users interact with the systems in practice. Transaction logs are one source of usage information, and the information on user behaviour can be culled from them both automatically (through calculation of summary statistics) and manually (by examining query strings for semantic clues on search motivations and searching strategy). We conduct a transaction log analysis on user activity in the Computer Science Technical Reports Collection of the New Zealand Digital Library, and report insights gained and identify resulting search interface design issues.


Digital Library Query Term Query Type Result List User Session 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steve Jones
    • 1
  • Sally Jo Cunningham
    • 1
  • Rodger McNab
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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