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Evaluating the online activity of users of the e-bug web site

Evaluating the online activity of users of the e-bug web site

de Quincey, Ed, Kostkova, Patty, Jawaheer, Gawesh, Farrell, David, McNulty, Cliodna A.M. and Weinberg, Julius (2011) Evaluating the online activity of users of the e-bug web site. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 66 (Suppl5). v45-v49. ISSN 0305-7453 (Print), 1460-2091 (Online) (doi:

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Web server log analysis is being increasingly used to evaluate the user behaviour on healthcare resource web sites due to the detailed record of activity that they contain. This study aimed to use this information to evaluate the e-Bug web site, a healthcare resource that provides a range of educational resources about microbes, hand and respiratory hygiene, and antibiotics. This evaluation was conducted by analysing the web server logs of the e-Bug web site for the period January 2008 to November 2009, using a proprietary application named Sawmill. The e-Bug web site has had .900000 page views generated from .88000 users, with an increase in May 2009 during the swine flu epidemic and a further increase in September 2009 following the official launch of e-Bug. The majority of visitors were from the UK, but visits were recorded from 190 different countries. Word® document resources were downloaded .169000 times, with the most popular being a swine flu factsheet. PowerPoint® document resources were downloaded .36000 times, with the most popular relating to the ‘chain of infection’. The majority of visitor referrals originated from search engines, with the most popular referral keywords being variations on the e-Bug name. The most common non-search engine referrals were from other healthcare resources and agencies. Use of the site has increased markedly since the official launch of e-Bug, with average page views of .200000 per month, from a range of countries, illustrating the international demand for a teaching resource for microbes, hygiene and antibiotics.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy is published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. [2] The Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, Volume 66, Issue Suppl 5, 2011, "e-Bug: development and implementation of an antibiotic and hygiene resource for European schools" was edited by Peter Jenks, Stefan Schwarz and David Reeves. This Supplement was sponsored by the European Commission Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General DG SANCO.
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, web server logs, evaluation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
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