Software Design (CSC-223 97F)
Project Clio : SamR's Initial Design Notes
These are a few of my notes on the design of Project Clio,
our web use analysis system.
- Faculty, interested in evaluating and understanding student use of
- Software developers, interested in evaluating customer use of their
- Salespeople, interested in which products generate the most interest.
- Publishers, interested in which portions of their publications
- Institutions, interested in what perspective people get on their
institution from the web.
- How do people get to our pages?
- Where do they go once they're there?
- How do they leave?
- How often do search engines and web crawlers visit our pages?
- How often are our pages accessed? How much time do readers
spend on each page?
- What do they read?
- Who reads my pages?
- Summarize the log (or portions thereof)
- Files, machines, paths
- Textually, sorted in various ways
- Plot usage over time
- Select or deselect elements from the log
- By time
- By machine or set of machines
- By page or set of pages
- Permit gradual exploration of dataset
- Animate visits (watch paths people take)
- Code categories of pages, and ask for "code strings" to summarize
visits. For example, I might code all of my outlines as "O", all
of my assignments as "A", and so on and so forth. I might then look
for AOA-type patterns.
Some Other Issues
- We want to provide some modicum of privacy for the users of our
web, even if they may not assume that they are receiving that privacy.
- We may need to modify our server or add extensions to our pages to
get additional data:
- Source documents
- Time on page
- Links taken
Disclaimer Often, these pages were created "on the fly" with little, if any, proofreading. Any or all of the information on the pages may be incorrect. Please contact me if you notice errors.
Source text written by Samuel A. Rebelsky.
Source text last modified Mon Oct 27 12:55:19 1997.
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