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OPAC2.0 – Top search phrases and statistics for 2007

April 2nd, 2008 by Seb Chan

Here’s some of the latest figures from our collection database for the calendar year 2007. Because our search tables run on a rolling 3 month basis we have had to wait until April to generate the results for 2007.

In 2007 there were 15,121,291 objects viewed in our collection database (including views on dHub and via Opensearch). 5,447 tags were added during this period.

Here’s some more interesting facts and figures.

Search patterns

Most popular free text searches on Powerhouse Collection site which were successful (resulting in the viewing of an object record)

1. steam engine
2. australian design
3. chinese
4. transport
5. lace
6. glassware
7. fashion
8. shoes
9. manufacturing
10. car
11. embroidery
12. tools
13. plates
14. jewellery
15. dresses
16. children
17. flowers
18. wool
19. sydney opera house
20. advertising

Total volume of free text searches = 3,927,203
Unique free text search phrases = 41,184
Average searches per unique phrase = 95.357

Most popular free text searches of the same Powerhouse collection on dHub.org site which were successful (resulting in the viewing of an object record)

1. australian design
2. audio
3. exhibition
4. lighting
5. lace
6. manufacturing
7. accessories
8. domestic equipment
9. design market
10. education
11. fashion
12. textile design
13. wool
14. sydney opera house
15. social media
16. product design
17. silk
18. shoes
19. silver
20. victoria

Total free text searches = 2,515,205
Unique free text search phrases = 14,865
Average searches per unique phrase = 169.203

As expected the same collection is searched in quite different ways by users of two different search interfaces and search contexts.

Navigation aids

Most frequently clicked tags

1. wool
2. 1920
3. porcelain
4. cardboard
5. jewellery
6. 1984
7. brass
8. textile
9. head
10. doulton
11. curved
12. rim
13. handle
14. 1910
15. leather
16. copper
17. lid
18. family
19. corner
20. material

Total tag clicks = 1,170,558

Most frequently clicked subject categories

1. Advertising
2. Transport
3. Australian design
4. Embroidery
5. Fashion
6. Children
7. Olympic Games
8. Australian commercial ceramics
9. Childhood
10. Sydney Olympic Games 2000
11. Sydney Opera House
12. Textile design
13. Photography
14. Australian history
15. Retailing
16. Australian fashion
17. Education
18. Decorative metalwork
19. Chinese culture
20. Interior decoration

Total subject clicks = 1,040,385

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