COUNTER: A How-To Guide - Additional Resources

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COUNTER Webinar: Event Slides
Slides from the May 6, 2009 NISO/COUNTER webinar, "COUNTER: A How-to Guide."

COUNTER Webinar: Q&A
Questions sent in during from the May 6, 2009 NISO/COUNTER webinar, "COUNTER: A How-to Guide."

In order to ensure that the use of these online information resources is measured in a more consistent way is an agreed international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. The COUNTER Codes of Practice provide these standards and protocols and are published in full on this website.
SUSHI - the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative Protocol (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007) - is a standard that defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports. Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics (PIRUS)
The aim of this JISC project is to develop COUNTER-compliant usage reports at the individual article level that can be implemented by any entity (publisher, aggregator, IR, etc.,) that hosts online journal articles and will enable the usage of research outputs to be recorded, reported and consolidated at a global level in a standard way. Completed in January 2009, the final report includes a proof-of-concept COUNTER-compliant XML prototype for an individual article usage report; a tracker code, to be implemented by repositories; a range of scenarios for the creation, recording, and consolidation of individual article usage statistics; and specifying criteria for a central facility that will create, collect, or consolidate usage statistics.

UKSG Usage Factors Project
This page includes information on the UKSG research project on usage-based measurements of journal quality. The first stage focusing on market research was completed 15 June 2007, resulting in a report available on this site. The second stage on modeling and analysis is now underway, with a progress report available online. This stage will test the approach and methodology on real publisher usage data.

Excel Import Multiple Text Files Software
Allows the import of one or many text files into a blank MS Excel file.

Assigns report type and institution name to each line, combines all imported reports into a single Excel worksheet. Date and other attributes are added to the worksheet manually.

Vendor Usage Data for Electronic Resources: A Survey of Libraries
by Gayle Baker and Eleanor Read. Presented by Baker at the 2007 Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference, Atlanta, GA, on February 23, 2007. The survey, conducted in April 2006, included questions about the amount of effort involved in working with the vendor reports; how data are used in managing electronic resources; the value of the data provided; and the challenges in working with the data. This page links to both the speech and presentation (together, and separately) from this conference.

Lib‐Stats Mailing List
Discussion list focused only on usage statistics. Librarians discuss; vendors listen and respond. Subscribe via e-mail to: lib‐stats‐