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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.

771    Number of words queried
55849    Number of times feeds accessed for queries
3432312    Number of news items where query terms were found
Current Database of Words Found in Feeds
(The database is re-created every four hours)
197639    Number of words found in feeds
593191    Number of times those words occur in feeds
2717    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
Queries and Feeds: July 12 2024 00:03:20

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     436649     96904     91456     89255     85269     73853     69715     67125     66668     65768

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 14461
o 11882
45 6037
char 3032
120 3016
81 3016
0x31303235343830303536 1584
49 1466
submission 1060
deadline 907
call 889
50 581
select 366
51 363
union 354
52 334
53 306
54 278
55 259
by 247
56 240
order 239
o1111111111111 238
57 221
art 54
new 54
artist 53
exhibition 52
artists 49
work 49
how 48
time 48
will 48
world 48
day 47
first 47
life 47
museum 47
series 47
through 47
works 47
one 46
public 46
take 46
about 45
big 45
building 45
early 45
out 45