An XML Log Standard and Tool for Digital Library Logging Analysis

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Log analysis can be a primary source of knowledge about how digital library patrons actually use DL systems and services and how systems behave while trying to support user information seeking activities. Log recording and analysis allow evaluation assessment, and open opportunities to improvements and enhanced new services. In this paper, we propose an XML-based digital library log format standard that captures a rich, detailed set of system and user behaviors supported by current digital library services. The format is implemented in a generic log component tool, which can be plugged into any digital library system. The focus of the work is on interoperability, reusability, and completeness. Specifications, implementation details, and examples of use within the MARIAN digital library system are described.



Log analysis, Digital libraries, Logging systems


An XML Log Standard and Tool for Digital Library Logging Analysis. Goncalves, Marco, Ming Luo, Rao Shen, Mir Farooq Ali, Edward A. Fox. 2002. Proceedings of the 6th European Conference on Research and Advanced Technology For Digital Libraries. (September 16 - 18, 2002). M. Agosti and C. Thanos, Eds. Lecture Notes In Computer Science, vol. 2458. Springer-Verlag, London, 129-143.