NISO Two-Part Webinar: Measuring Use, Assessing Success

Count Me In: Measuring Individual Item Usage
September 15, 2010

Below are listed questions that were submitted during the second of NISO's two-part September webinar series on Measuring Use, Assessing Success. This webinar aimed to help attendees better understand the impact usage tracking can provide.

Answers from the presenters will be added when available. Not all the questions could be responded to during the live webinar, so those that could not be addressed at the time are also included below.


Update on PIRUS 2: Developing Practical Standards for Recording and Reporting Online Usage at the Individual Article Level
Paul Needham, PIRUS 2 Project Manager and Research and Innovation Specialist, Cranfield University

Applying Usage Metrics to Assess Scholarly Content Quality
Johan Bollen, Associate Professor in the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University

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NISO Item Usage Webinar Questions and Answers

  1. In very general terms, what is PIRUS' convergence with Thomson's Web of Knowledge gathering usage data?

  2. Have you looked at how commercial web publishers and advertisers approach these metrics (e.g., newspaper websites)?

  3. Are you capturing referring data, e.g. is the link to the article coming from Google scholar or specific databases?

  4. How do you propose to resolve situations where the same articles are digitized at different times by different institutions? For example, an aggregator digitizes an article and then a few years later the original publisher publishes the archive online. These items wouldn't necessarily have the same DOI.

  5. Can you tell us which six publishers are involved and which two are about to be added?

  6. Can you tell who some of your partners are in terms of repositories and publishers?

  7. What applications can you build with xml or csv counter reports? I have requested them, but they do not seem intuitive for their usability.

  8. Johan, is it possible to explain in lay terms how you identify a unique user's behavior within a session when many users are "hidden" behind a shared institutional IP?

  9. Johan, can you define the demographics or community of scholars to which you refer? Does it range from undergraduates to senior scholars?