[EP-tech] Re: Google analytics

John Salter J.Salter at leeds.ac.uk
Wed Apr 18 12:04:50 BST 2012


If you download 'googleanalyticsformobile.zip' from http://code.google.com/apis/analytics/docs/mobile/download.html, it includes the perl file that is called as the tracking image (/ga.pl).
This could be hacked into EPrints - not to produce the image (that would be included in an html page), but from a request for a pdf etc. (although I haven't tried any of it!).

Cheers,
John

-----Original Message-----
From: eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk [mailto:eprints-tech-bounces at ecs.soton.ac.uk] On Behalf Of Tim Brody
Sent: 18 April 2012 11:38
To: eprints-tech at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Subject: [EP-tech] Re: Google analytics

On Wed, 2012-04-18 at 11:56 +1000, Mark Gregson wrote:
> 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.

Hmm, that still involves a Google-loaded resource, which you can't embed in a PDF?

Unless you request the image each time yourself ... but that wouldn't allow you to perform an analysis on where users are coming from?

/Tim.

> -----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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