Users browsing behaviour in a DDC-based web service: A log analysis

T. Koch, K. Golub, A. Ardö

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This study explores the navigation behaviour of all users of a large web service, Renardus, using web log analysis. Renardus provides integrated searching and browsing access to quality-controlled web resources from major individual subject gateway services. The main navigation feature is subject browsing through the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) based on mapping of classes of resources from the distributed gateways to the DDC structure. Among the more surprising results are the hugely dominant share of browsing activities, the good use of browsing support features like the graphical fish-eye overviews, rather long and varied navigation sequences, as well as extensive hierarchical directory-style browsing through the large DDC system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMoving Beyond the Presentation Layer
Subtitle of host publicationContent and Context in the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) System
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9780203051887
Publication statusPublished - 2006


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