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ArsRSS re-reads between 100 and 120 art and new media related RSS feeds twice-daily, 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 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.

9838    Number of users reading and querying feeds
51021    Total user accesses
747    Number of words queried
49127    Number of times feeds accessed for queries
1949916    Number of news items where query terms were found
Current Database of Words Found in Feeds
(The database is re-created every four hours)
50611    Number of words found in feeds
144690    Number of times those words occur in feeds
1160    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: June 13 2014 11:37:02
Queries and Feeds: June 30 2015 00:03:17

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     60320     56124     53473     53136     51047     50161     47069     46334     41141     39703

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.
media 11825
o 9821
45 6037
char 3032
120 3016
81 3016
0x31303235343830303536 1584
49 1466
50 581
submission 432
select 366
51 363
union 354
52 334
53 306
deadline 282
54 278
55 259
call 253
by 247
56 240
order 239
o1111111111111 238
57 221
new 54
art 53
artist 53
exhibition 49
artists 48
will 48
work 48
world 48
time 47
first 46
how 46
museum 46
one 46
take 46
through 46
works 46
life 45
public 45
about 44
arts 44
cultural 44
day 44
out 44
series 44
years 44