Incorporating IRUS-UK statistics into an EPrints repository

Stiles, Alan (2015). Incorporating IRUS-UK statistics into an EPrints repository. In: OR2015:10th International Conference on Open Repositories, 8-11 Jun 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.


Researchers are taking repository download statistics more seriously than ever before, and are citing them in funding bids as evidence of previous impact. The repository staff are receiving more enquiries relating to download statistics as time goes on, so having the most accurate and reliable statistics available is becoming clear. Having them available in a way that requires the least intervention of repository staff would allow for more efficient dealings with other repository tasks, such as deposit review, etc.

In this paper, I look at the issues faced with incorporating, into the repository, statistics from IRUS-UK (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics, UK based) – a JISC supported, centralized system which collates the download statistics for 75 UK repositories, ensuring better than COUNTER compliance. I also consider the choices to be made with regards to comparisons to locally derived statistics (IRStats2) and how to obtain and present them without overburdening the central system.

Finally I look to what opportunities the near future may hold, with reference to my participation on the IRUS-UK community Advisory Group and the NISO SUSHI-Lite Working Group to establish a light-weight RESTful standard for SUSHI services and how these might be incorporated into the repository.

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