Interoperable Repository Statistics

Facilitating trust-worthy repository use statistics

What is IRS?
A JISC project investigating and developing a joint approach to OAI statistics gathering and sharing.
Who are the Project partners?
Southampton University (UK), University of Tasmania (Australia), Long Island University (USA), Key Perspectives Ltd (UK).
What is the Timescale?
June 2005 - May 2007.
What are the Outcomes?
The IRStats software package, Evaluation report.

What the project is doing

Download data is being logged by every repository as a by-product of the Web requests they receive. This raw data is being and turned into useful download statistics for individual papers and users by a few institutional repositories (e.g. University of Tasmania, Southampton University), thematic repositories (e.g. RePEc) and OAI services (e.g. Citebase). However, there is no consensus over what data needs to be collected, what filtering mechanisms are appropriate, and what analyses are useful for academics in various disciplines. To create effective research statistics services, an interoperable usage statistics service will be created for all OAI-PMH-compliant repositories. This project will investigate the requirements for UK and international stakeholders and build generic collection and distribution software for all IRs. The approach will be demonstrated by a pilot statistics analysis service modelled as an OAI service provider. Working with partners experienced in analysis of usage statistics for electronic documents, and an international consultative committee of key OAI archive and service managers, the principal deliverables will be:

  • An API for gathering download data implemented for common IR platforms
  • A set of agreed standards defining the basis for measuring and reporting usage of materials deposited in IRs and aggregated with data from other sources where such materials can be found.

Papers and Presentations

The following items are available: