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ERIC Number: EJ860332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0033-0337
Web Usage Mining Analysis of Federated Search Tools for Egyptian Scholars
Mohamed, Khaled A.; Hassan, Ahmed
Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, v42 n4 p418-435 2008
Purpose: This paper aims to examine the behaviour of the Egyptian scholars while accessing electronic resources through two federated search tools. The main purpose of this article is to provide guidance for federated search tool technicians and support teams about user issues, including the need for training. Design/methodology/approach: Log files were exploited to examine the behaviour of users of information retrieval systems. This study examined two log files extracted from federated search tools available to the Egyptian scholars' community for accessing electronic resources. A data mining approach was implemented to investigate user behaviour through deep analysis of these logs. Findings: Results show that: none of the available tools provide error messages for dummy queries; most of the Egyptian scholars had short queries; Boolean operators are not used in about 50 per cent of the queries; federated search tools do not provide techniques for query reformation; the optimal days for system maintenance are the non-weekend vacations; and early morning is the best time for maintenance. Practical implications: To maximise the value of the federated search tools by understanding user trends when utilising federated search tools. The study shows that more attention should be given to the search capabilities through ongoing training and awareness in order to maximise the benefit from the available resources and tools. Originality/value: The hypothetical value of the federated search tools has not been previously examined and analysed to understand user trends.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Egypt