[EP-tech] Re: Google analytics

Mark Gregson mark.gregson at qut.edu.au
Wed Apr 18 02:56:45 BST 2012


We also used JS to assign on click event handlers that call GA but we also extended it to outbound links, which required some changes to the markup, both in the summary page citation and possibly somewhere in core code.

Note that this still doesn't track direct non-HTML downloads, e.g., a link straight to PDF from another website such as Google, because the JS is never loaded or executed. This can be solved but we didn't like the possible solutions very much and didn't implement any of them. I think the best solution comes from http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/mobile/overview.html which could probably be called using EPrints triggers.

Cheers
Mark

-----Original Message-----
From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Denis Pitzalis - STARC
Sent: Wednesday, 18 April 2012 5:16 AM
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] Re: Google analytics

Kalimera Georgios,

I had the same problem than you and I solved with this javascript
code, it consist in adding an event to every download:

/* ----------------------------------------
   Onclick GAv2 Event Generator v1.0
   Denis Pitzalis
   DP: edit.  01/09/2011
   DP: mod. 05/09/2011

   TODO: track unhandled filetype
------------------------------------------- */
(function($) {
  var doctypes = ["doc","docx","xls","zip","pdf","xlsx","gz","ps","xls"];
  var mmtypes = ["wmv","flv","mp3","mp4"];
  var imgtypes = ["tif","png"];

  $(document).ready(function() {
    $("a").click(function(event){
        if($(this).attr("href").length) {
            var source = $(this).attr("href");
            var extension = source.substr(source.lastIndexOf('.') + 1);
            if ( jQuery.inArray(extension,doctypes) > -1 ){
                _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Documents', extension, source]);
            } else if ( jQuery.inArray(extension,mmtypes) > -1 ){
                _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'MultiMedia', extension, source]);
            } else if ( jQuery.inArray(extension,imgtypes) > -1 ){
                _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Images', extension, source]);
            } else if ( source.match(/^mailto\:/i) ) {
                _gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'Mails', "", source]);
            } else {
            }
        }
    });
});

})(jQuery)
/* END Onclick GAv2 Event Generator */

and it works as expected. If it work fine for you too, please tell me!

Denis




On Mon, Apr 16, 2012 at 8:27 PM, Dimitrakakis Georgios
<giorgis at lib.uoc.gr> wrote:
> I have applied GA to the template files and indeed is working as
> expected. But I couldn't find a way to track the PDF downloads with
> that. Have you managed to do it? Can you be more specific?
>
> Regards,
>
> G.
>
>> The GA code can go in the template files:
>> <archive_id>/cfg/lang/xx/templates/*.xml.  The default template will
>>  ensure the abstract pages are tracked (unless you force SSL) but I
>> would add it to all templates to assist with tracking usage across
>> secure-non secure parts of the site.  Note that GA won't track PDF
>> downloads unless you do some extra work.
>>
>> Cheers
>> Mark
>>
>> From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk
>> [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of
>> Gaston.Fournier at etsmtl.ca
>> Sent: Friday, 13 April 2012 2:24 AM
>> To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
>> Subject: [EP-tech] Google analytics
>>
>> Allo,
>>
>> I would like to know where (in wich file or files) I should put the
>> code for google analytics?
>>
>> I would like to have a count with GA when a citation is display! Is
>> this possible?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Gaston Fournier
>> Service de la bibliothèque ÉTS
>>
>>
>
>
>
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