Northwest Iowa Crops Web Page

January-March 2002

Todd Vagts , crops specialist

Situation:
Information and data transfer is an instrumental component of extension's function. Traditional information transfer methods have been through personal consultation, phone, fax, e-mail and group meetings. While these methods remain the core of information transfer, the World Wide Web and Web pages are becoming increasingly important avenues of communication. The increased user access and popularity of the Web and Web pages have greatly increased the opportunities to transfer information rapidly and efficiently. Information posted on the Web is available 24 hours, 7days a week to anyone in the world with internet access.

Response:
To help address local client data needs, I developed an agricultural Web page with information devoted specifically for west-central and north-west Iowa . The Web page contains information pertaining to data that I collect in the area, newsletters and special interest topics. The Web page is typically updated once a week and is available at: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/carroll/crops/

Impact:
Monthly statistics are generated to determine how many times the web page is accessed and who is accessing it. After being live for three months on the Web, the Northwest Iowa Crops Web Page had 346 visits1 totaling 649 page views2 in February. There were 203 unique visitors and 44 (23%) of the visitors returned to the Web page for more information. Visits from the United States comprised 83.2% of the total visits, while international visitors comprised 2.6% of the total visitors. International visits originated from Thailand , Australia , Greece , Argentina , India , Turkey , France and Hungary . The median visit length was one minute and twenty-five seconds. The most active day of the week was Wednesday and the least active day was Sunday. The most active hour was between 8:00 and 9:00 am; the least active hour was between 5:00 and 6:00 pm.

The Web contains an enormous mass of web sites and information which can be daunting to navigate. Yet when properly developed, information can be effectively disseminated to a localized or world-wide audience.
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1Visits represents the total number of unique sessions during a specified period.
2Page views represents the number of pages viewed during a specified period.

 

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