You won't get entirely accurate numbers but you can get ballpark figures
with e.g. inurl:handle inurl:show=full

Basically this narrows things down to the "full item record" pages. Looks
like there may be dups in there -- you could try some additional conditions.

For the number of bitstreams: inurl:bitstream

Hope this helps


On Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 05:47, Bram Luyten <> wrote:

> Hi Rob,
> I had a question somewhat related to robots.txt and they way how DSpace
> instances are being indexed by google.
> As a part of the Google analytics - DSpace comparison that I've been
> running, I would like to analyse which repositories are being indexed best
> by Google, and how that impacts their number of visits.
> As a first, very rough estimate, I searched for:
> "site:<<repository url>>" to get an indication of how many useful pages
> were indexed. It was interesting to see that these numbers did not really
> corellate with visits to this repository.
> I assumed that for many repositories, different browse pages were being
> indexed, and that these indexed pages were not very useful to generate
> visits // expose the content.
> In a second step, I tried to look for "site:<<repository url>>" -browse".
> The returned numbers were in some cases even less than half of the original
> number.
> But I realise this search is being too restrictive: because many pages
> include the word "browse" in their navigation bar, I'm probably excluding
> useful item pages etc in the search.
> So my question is the following:
> which search query could I use in Google, to get the number of useful
> indexed pages in Google (item pages, bitstreams, collection & community
> pages) ?
> Already an interesting finding from my research:
> the 15 repositories already included in the research, get 60% of their
> visits through search engines (average calculated on the visits in december
> 2008). So even more reason to get exposure through search engines as
> optimized as possible.
> best regards,
> Bram
> @mire NV
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> Belgium
> +32 2 888 29 56
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> On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 10:21 PM, Robert Tansley 
> <>wrote:
>> To all users of DSpace 1.5 and DSpace 1.5.1:
>> These versions of DSpace ship with a bad robots.txt file that prevents
>> search engines such as Google Scholar or Yahoo from indexing any content on
>> a DSpace site. To check if this applies to you:
>> - Visit your site's robots.txt --
>> - If you see the following line you have a bad robots.txt:
>> Disallow: /browse
>> It is important that you REMOVE this line from your robots.txt to ensure
>> that your DSpace instance is correctly indexed by search engines. More info
>> on ensuring your DSpace site is correctly indexed here:
>> Robert Tansley / Google
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