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1 Establishing Standards for Usage Statistics COUNTER: an international initiative Peter Shepherd Project Director COUNTER

2 Overview zLibraries need online usage statistics zPublishers need online usage statistics zSTM Publishing is global zHow can we move from usage statistics Babel to a common core of statistics we can trust and compare?

3 Publishers need usage statistics zTo support library efforts to procure funding* zTo demonstrate that reduced usage of print issues has been compensated for by increased online usage zTo assess the relative importance of the various routes via which information reaches its market* zTo experiment with new pricing models zTo provide editorial policy support zTo obtain improved market analysis/demographics* zTo inform authors where and how articles are used* zTo improve site design and navigation* zTo plan infrastructure, eg mirror sites/caches*

4 Online usage statistics need to be……. zCredible zConsistent zCompatible

5 zWe conclude that it is largely impossible to compare data across vendors, and we recommend that comparison be limited to data from the same vendors We believe that the comprehensive standardisation of usage statistics and data delivery methods cannot be easily achieved in the short term ARL E-Metrics Phase II Report, Oct 2001

6 So how do we get there in the medium term? zICOLC Guidelines for statistical measures of usage of web-based information resources zARL E-metrics project zNational Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) Electronic access and use related measures zNISO – revision of of Z39.7 (Library Statistics) zISO – revision of 2789 (library statistics) and (library performance measures) zCowhig proposal for auditing usage data zPALS usage statistics working group

7 ... the answer is…...

8 COUNTER - endorsed by… zAAP, Association of American Publishers zALPSP, The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers zARL, Association of Research Libraries zASA, Association of Subscription Agents and Intermediaries zEDItEUR zJISC, Joint Information Systems Committee zNCLIS, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science zNISO, National Information Standards Organization zPA, The Publishers Association zSTM, International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers zUKSG, United Kingdom Serials Group

9 COUNTER Founding Sponsors zALPSP zARL zBlackwell Publishing zIngenta zInstitute of Physics Publishing zJISC zLippincott, Williams & Wilkins z Oxford University Press z The Publishers Association z ProQuest z Taylor & Francis z STM z UKSG

10 International Steering Group zChair: Richard Gedye, Oxford University Press z30 members zEurope: xPA, ASA, ALPSP, JISC, STM, UKSG, Blackwell Publishing, British Library, Elsevier, OUP zUSA xAAP, ACS, ARL, NCLIS, NFAIS, NISO, EBSCO Publishing, Wiley

11 Our brief zTo develop, by December 2002, a code of practice giving guidance on:- yData elements to measure yDefinitions of these data elements yAccurate, complete, and consistent measurement of user activity yUsage Reports: content, frequency and delivery methods

12 Timeline zMarch 2002 yProject Director appointed yMulti-agency steering group formed zJune 2002 yDraft code of practice completed and circulated to Steering Group and selected reviewers in vendor and library world zNovember 2002 yRelease 1 of the code published and available for use

13 Progress Report 1- Usage Reports zJournal Reports yItem downloads by month and journal yItem downloads by month, journal and page type yTotal searches run yTime of day report yDay of week report yTotal daily activity report z Database Reports yTotal searches and sessions yTime of day report yDay of week report yTotal daily activity report

14 Progress Report - 2 zData elements to be measured xfirst draft being reviewed by task force zDefinitions of data elements xfirst draft being reviewed by task force

15 Progress Report - 3 zThree levels of compliance envisaged y* (Minimum), ** (Intermediate), *** (Highest) zE.g. Page view data elements to collect yPublisher name * yReferring gateway service ** yProduct name * yJournal title* yArticle identifier* yPrint ISSN * yOnline ISSN **

16 Progress Report 4 - website zwww.projectCounter.org yAbout COUNTER xproject mission & plan, history, other initiatives ySponsors ySteering Group yNews and Activities yArticles and Presentations yContact us

17 Timeline and beyond A programme of:- zPromotion zMonitoring zRevision and development

18 Vital factors for a successful implementation and uptake zStart small, test often….develop a modest core Code and build out incrementally zBuild continuous development capability into the support structure zPool our collective wisdom and work together zCompatibility is vital zOne Code - parallel codes will attract minimal buy-in

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