John Starr of the UMWebStats group sent this message out a couple of
"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
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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!
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Drew Stevenson wrote:
> Here's the current webstats support site:
> From their news:
>> UM Web Stats News
>> 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
Web Services Coordinator
Interim Co-director, Digital Library Development Lab
University of Minnesota Libraries
320 Walter Library
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