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ArsRSS re-reads between 100 and 120 art and new media related RSS feeds every four hours, caches the feeds and completely re-writes its database of words found in the feeds. This makes for fast response times both for searching across feeds and for accessing individual feeds.

In the background, ArsRSS collects data about the terms queried, what parts of the globe the queries come from, and the frequency with which individual feeds are accessed. To suggest a feed write to info@net18reaching.org. For more info about this project and interesting stats click here.

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ArsRSS is a news feed service, intested in collecting data about how the service is used. It is an ongoing project, adding to the types of data it collects as well as to the mechanisms for collecting and analyzing the data. The service is based on the parsing of up to 120 news feeds every four hours between 8 a.m. and midnight Eastern Time. This is its core and it keeps track of every word in the feeds, how often they occur, and in which feeds.

ArsRSS is interested in the frequencies with which terms are queried, and in which news feeds supply responses to queries and how often. It is interested in where the queries come from and how often, in the relationships between what people ask and what the news feeds provide.

In addition to its query service, ArsRSS has a news feed Reader which enables its users to accesss from its cache the 100 to 120 news feeds which form the basis of its activities. Which feeds are read by visitors and how often is also of interest to ArsRSS.

Finally, as the project has developed, an underlying concern has become clear, namely what it is that we can learn about users from just the basic tools and infrastructure of a web site. This gets us into questions of the uses of web architecture for profiling.

These panels--basics, queries, feeds, and words--provide some information about the kinds of data that ArsRSS is collecting. places is a pop-up window, using google maps, that shows where queries come from and in what numbers. As the project continues, and as more data becomes available, ArsRSS will develop additional browser-based mechanisms to make the data available.

Users
8775    Number of users reading and querying feeds
51021    Total user accesses
Queries
713    Number of words queried
40635    Number of times feeds accessed for queries
1696490    Number of news items where query terms were found
Current Database of Words Found in Feeds
(The database is re-created every four hours)
17358    Number of words found in feeds
21650    Number of times those words occur in feeds
Feeds
979    Number of times feeds fetched for reading by ArsRSS news Reader Service
This figure does not include accesses from the ArsRSS custom news feed service
Last updates
Users: April 19 2014 18:37:02
Queries and Feeds: April 19 2014 20:18:55

These are the feeds which produce the most responses to queries. "Number" refers to the number of times search terms have been found among the news items of a feed. A feed can have many news items; if it has 50 news items in which a term is found, then "Number" is incremented by 50. (These URL's are clickable.)
Feed  Number  
http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/list/feed/event_type_print_photo.en.rdf     51324
http://temple-news.com/category/arts-entertainment/art/feed/     44438
http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/list/feed/event_type_print_painting.en.rdf     44086
http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/list/feed/event_type_3D_installation.en.rdf     43932
http://feeds.feedburner.com/digitalfilming     41991
http://www.rhizome.org/syndicate/fp.rss     41141
http://feeds.feedburner.com/WorldArtNewsAtIrishartcom     38025
http://www.theartgalleryofknoxville.com/podcast/podcast2.xml     37521
http://front.bc.ca/rss     37233
http://feeds.feedburner.com/WashingtonDcArtNews     34946

The left-hand column "Queries" shows the most frequently queried search terms and the number of times that they have been queried since the project started. The right-hand column lists the most frequently occuring words in the current database, which is updated every four hours between 8 and midnight Eastern Time.
Queries
media 10400
o 8656
45 4736
char 2381
120 2366
81 2366
49 1146
0x31303235343830303536 1056
50 455
submission 291
51 285
select 274
union 265
52 262
256
53 240
54 218
55 203
by 195
art 191
order 189
56 188
o1111111111111 188
57 173
residency 163
          
Feeds
art 61
new 56
work 47
artist 44
exhibition 41
time 41
works 40
about 39
artists 39
one 38
world 38
image 37
out 36
project 36
see 36
will 36
first 35
all 34
gallery 34
museum 34
show 34
through 34
director 33
year 33
around 32