Web Log Analysis


Handbook of Web Log Analysis - Call for Chapters; Proposal Deadline 1 Jan 2007

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Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 22:57:17 -0400
From: "Bernard J. Jansen" <jjansen@ist.psu.edu>

Handbook of Web Log Analysis – Call for Chapters

(Proposals Submission Deadline: 01 January 2007. Full Chapters Due: 01 May


Bernard J. Jansen (The Pennsylvania State University)
Amanda Spink (Queensland University of Technology)
Isak Taksa (Baruch College)


Web search engines have emerged as one of the dominant technologies today, leaving few aspects of our lives untouched. Search applications on individual Web sites are increasingly important for people to locate needed information. Analyses of customer interactions within Web sites provide insight into user intent. Ecommerce Web sites leverage customer actions to provide better services and products. Millions of people build relationships on social networking Web sites.

For these and a variety of other domains, both academic and industry researchers increasingly use Web logs to study the interactions between people and Web services. Important issues are arising, including the logging techniques used, the process of data collection and cleaning, how to analyze the data, ensuring privacy, building trust, and which quantitative and qualitative techniques produce the best understanding of user behavior.


The edited book, “Handbook of Web Log Analysis”, will provide an understanding of Web search log analysis methods and processes. This book will provide an understanding of the tools and techniques used to analyze Web search logs, including quantitative and qualitative methods.

Each chapter will push forward our understanding of Web log analysis from various perspectives, including research from information science, computer science, information systems, communications, among others. The book will critically examine the significant issues, theories, and techniques surrounding Web log analysis. Topics include, but are not limited to, analysis of: search engines, single Websites, search applications, e-commerce sites, blogs, recommender systems, digital libraries, personal information repositories, multimedia collections, social networking sites, listservs, and the burden of addressing privacy and trust in any such logging application.

Manuscripts should focus primarily on theories, models, processes, approaches, challenges, limitations, or tools of Web log analysis and not on empirical results.


The books is intended for use by information technology professionals, Web site designers, ecommerce organizations, information architects, search engine developers, and researchers involved in various aspects of understanding the customers and users of Web sites.


Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before 1 January 2007, a 2-5 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 1 February 2007 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter organizational guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by 01 May 2007. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. The book is scheduled to be published by Idea Group Inc., www.idea-group.com, publisher of the Idea Group Publishing, Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing and Idea Group Reference imprints.


Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) to:

Dr. Bernard J. Jansen
Assistant Professor
School of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
329F IST Building IST Building, University Park PA 16802
Tel: (814) 865-6459 Fax: (814) 865-6426
E-mail: jjansen@ist.psu.edu