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For reasons that escape me, here are’s top hits

Top Posts for 90 days ending 2010-10-05 (Summarized)

Summarize: 7 Days 30 Days Quarter Year All Time

2010-07-07 to Today

Title Views
Top 20 UK Universities 905 More stats
Fun with Lisa 797 More stats
Home page 359 More stats
Top UK Universities : Combined Rankings 310 More stats
Summon @ Huddersfield 285 More stats
Library search/discovery apps : intro 181 More stats
University league tables combined data 102 More stats
JISC Library Management System Review 91 More stats
webpad : a web based text editor 80 More stats
SQL update: doing a find/replace on part of a field 80 More stats
Adverts that follow you 71 More stats
Library catalogues, search systems and data 66 More stats
short urls, perl and base64 62 More stats
Library Catalogues need to cater for light-weight discovery clients 55 More stats
Talis Aspire, checking if a course has a list 52 More stats
Look! I can post links straight from B3ta 43 More stats
Google Books API 40 More stats
Zoho and WordPress themes 36 More stats
Katie Price and Peter Andre : A whole new world (reviews) 34 More stats
Twitter clients 32 More stats
BBC Three 27 More stats
IMAP5 : or developments that should happen in email 25 More stats
Amazon AWS EC2 and vufind 24 More stats
Nick Clegg’s Fault. Beware the REAL Nasty. 18 More stats
PubSubHubbub instant RSS and Atom 17 More stats 17 More stats
VAT ‘offset’? No just a tax rise via the backdoor 15 More stats
to do list software 14 More stats
html5 and nostuff 13 More stats
SQL grouping mulitple values in to one SELECT field 13 More stats
Free e-books online via University of Pittsburgh Press 12 More stats
Linked data & RDF : draft notes for comment 11

2010-07-07 to Today

Referrer Views… 20… 18 17 14… 14 13… 12 8 7… 7… 6… 5 5

And search terms


Search Views
example of summon opac 3
integrated search engine “metalib” 2
primo encore summon ebsco 1
zoho is bad for business 1
chmod 400 and amazon 1
british library opac began 1
perl short base64 encode 1
top 20 universities of uk 1
impressions of joomla 1
top 20 uk universitys 1


Search Views
top 10 marketing universities in the uk 2
sql update portion of field 2
summon discovery primo 1
top universities in uk for marketing 1
top 10 u.k universities for masters in r 1
good universities for marketing 1
wikepedia ranking of universities offeri 1
imap5 1
warwick not in thes university rankings 1
base 64 shorten 1

Olympic medals by population

The table below shows number of Olympic gold medals (for the top three countries) as of 18/8/2008. It also shows the number of golds divided by total population (in millions, otherwise the numbers just look silly). It also shows the number of golds divided by the number people participating in the Olympics for that country.

I couldn’t find anywhere on the web details of the number of participants per country. The numbers used below where based on comments made by a TV commentator, and I could only remember the first digit of each! (I hadn’t expected the need to recall it at the time). Needless to say, take these numbers with a bucket of salt.

Country # of Golds Population (millions) Golds per population Number of Olympians Golds per Olympian
China 37 1,321 0.0280 600 0.061
USA 19 304 0.0625 600 0.031
UK 12 60 0.2 312 0.04

Interestingly, China still comes out on top for Golds per participant, even with their high number of Olympiads, congratulations to them (though again, the actual number is between 600-700, not 600 as stated, I shall try and find out the correct number, feel free to correct me in the comments to this post).

The country that comes out best in each column is in bold.

Australia is currently in 4th place with 11 Golds. Australia only has 21 million people. So in ‘Golds per population’ above they would have 0.52 Golds per million people, clearly beating all three above.

As someone who has never really followed the Olympics, I was surprised at how good the UK performance is this year compared to other years (see bottom of page). With the games not over yet, we haven’t done this well since 1920, when we got 15 Golds, and have only got double figures once since then in 2000, we got 1 Gold the time before that (96), and then between 2-5 each time from then back to 1960.

The official Medals list can be found here. The BBC list can be found here. Interestingly I notice some US sites list by total number of medals (as opposed to total of Golds), which happily puts the US first, though the New York Times blog explains that this is more to do with the source of the data than anything else.

The LA Times has written about Golds per captia.

Population figures from Wikipedia, most recent estimates.

Update: has the numbers I need as it lists the number of particpants, per country, per year (click on a country for an example). Unfortunately it does not have the 2008 numbers yet, and nor will it do until after the games are over.

Update: see the following site for many more interesting examples