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My repository is being aggregated: a blessing or a curse?

Knoth, Petr; Anastasiou, Lucas and Pearce, Samuel (2014). My repository is being aggregated: a blessing or a curse? In: Open Repositories 2014 (OR2014), 9-13 Jun 2014, Helsinki, Finland.

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Abstract

Usage statistics are frequently used by repositories to justify their value to the management who decide about the funding to support the repository infrastructure. Another reason for collecting usage statistics at repositories is the increased use of webometrics in the process of assessing the impact of publications and researchers. Consequently, one of the worries repositories sometimes have about their content being aggregated is that they feel aggregations have a detrimental effect on the accuracy of statistics they collect. They believe that this potential decrease in reported usage can negatively influence the funding provided by their own institutions. This raises the fundamental question of whether repositories should allow aggregators to harvest their metadata and content. In this paper, we discuss the benefits of allowing content aggregations harvest repository content and investigate how to overcome the drawbacks.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 The Authors
Keywords: usage statistics; aggregations; open access
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Item ID: 41678
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2015 14:30
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 14:04
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/41678
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These details should be considered as only a guide to the number of downloads performed manually. Algorithmic methods have been applied in an attempt to remove automated downloads from the displayed statistics but no guarantee can be made as to the accuracy of the figures.

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