As everyone knows I’m a big fan of using Google Analytics with repositories in order to see what is happening with your repository with respect to visitors – what they are looking at / which links they are following / where they are coming from / how many people are visiting the site etc.
Is this a problem? Personally I don’t think so:
- At least some of the data is now being recorded, which is better than none. It might not be numercially accurate, but hopefully it is still representative of user behaviour.
- Remember that Google Analytics is an analytics package, not a statistics package. It does not claim to record every click, but is more intended to help with analysing and improving the user experience (e.g. “Do I get more file downloads if I place the list of files above the metadata or below it” or “Do users that land on a browse page download more files than those that arrive directly on an item page”).
- If you want raw download figures, use a proper statistics system that works from web server logs (e.g. IRStats or a common web stats system such as AWStats). Most likely you’ll want to use both.