October 2009


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UofMN CSS Web Development <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:24:45 -0500
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Shane Nackerud <[log in to unmask]>
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John Starr of the UMWebStats group sent this message out a couple of 
weeks ago:

"This fall, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) will begin 
piloting new Web statistics software that will replace Sawmill. After 
reviewing available options, OIT has decided to implement Urchin 
Software from Google (http://www.google.com/urchin).

Urchin is much like Google Analytics but can be installed, hosted, and 
managed by OIT. Below is a list of the added benefits of Urchin:

 Performance is roughly five times faster than Sawmill
 Report generation is much faster
 Can be tied to Central Authentication
 Allows for profile sharing
 Can collect data through page tagging as well as server logs
 Interface similar to Google Analytics

OIT will be able to convert all existing profiles over to the new system 
and will also be able to import historical data. If you have any 
questions or comments, please direct them to [log in to unmask] "

I also asked him if existing Sawmill profiles would be automatically 
moved into Urchin and he answered in the affirmative (yes they would be).

 From what I've heard, I wouldn't be surprised if they have Urchin up 
and running in pilot mode as soon as early November. Hope this helps!


PS -- By the way, I'm [log in to unmask]

Drew Stevenson wrote:
> Here's the current webstats support site:
> http://www1.umn.edu/httpstat
> From their news:
>> UM Web Stats News
>> 10.15.2009
>> UMWebstats will be changing from running Sawmill to Urchin. For 
>> continued information, join the WebStats listserv by sending an email 
>> to [log in to unmask] In the body enter 'subscribe webstats'.
> On Oct 22, 2009, at 3:04 PM, Dale Trexel wrote:
>> Someone mentioned at the meeting today that the U was going to offer 
>> an enterprise level Google Analytics service/server. I haven't been 
>> able to find any information on the U website via our Google 
>> appliance. Can anyone point me to more specifics?
>> Dale Trexel
>> Web Services
>> University of Minnesota Law School

Shane Nackerud
Web Services Coordinator
Interim Co-director, Digital Library Development Lab
University of Minnesota Libraries
320 Walter Library
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