Project COUNTER Survey

Project COUNTER is soliciting feedback from libraries via a new survey:

We aim to improve the usage statistics that consortia and libraries receive from publishers and vendors and would like to hear from them about their requirements and priorities.

An online survey is available so that you can tell us your views. The survey will take around half-an-hour to complete. Attached for download is a PDF of the survey to enable data consultation before the online survey is completed.

We realise that we are asking libraries and consortia for some considerable input, but the information provided will enable us to improve the utility of COUNTER usage statistics.

The online survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YNL9YFX.

For what it’s worth, I was able to complete the survey in ten minutes.

Thank you to Margie Maes for bringing this to my attention.

COUNTER Articles

The COUNTER Code of Practice for Articles (COUNTER Articles) is now published on the COUNTER website at:http://www.projectcounter.org/counterarticles.html . This new Code of Practice responds to the growing demand for article-level metrics and has been developed as a result of the PIRUS (Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics) project. COUNTER Articles provides a COUNTER-compliant standard for the recording, consolidation and reporting of usage at the individual article level of journal articles hosted by Publishers, Aggregators, Institutional Repositories and Subject Repositories.

COUNTER Articles builds on the COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources and COUNTER will be responsible for its development, ongoing management and implementation. To have usage statistics and reports designated COUNTER-Articles compliant vendors and services will have to provide usage statistics that conform to this Code of Practice. Vendors that are already COUNTER-compliant will find it relatively straightforward to conform to the COUNTER Articles standard. In addition to what is already provided for COUNTER, the key additional metadata requirement for COUNTER Articles- compliance will be the article DOI, which allows usage to be recorded, reported and consolidated unambiguously for each journal article.

COUNTER Articles provides a standard that enables any organization hosting journal articles to report in a credible, consistent and compatible way the usage of these articles to authors, their institutions and their funding organizations. It also enables vendors to consolidate usage of articles on different platforms into a global usage total.

For more information, please contact Peter Shepher, Director – COUNTER, pshepherd@projectCounter.org

 

Margaret K. Maes 
AALL Vendor Liaison 
mmaes@aall.org

AALL Program Preview: Understanding Vendor Statistics

Over the next couple days, CRIV will be highlighting some of the vendor relations-themed offerings at AALL in Seattle….

A1: Making Sense of the Numbers: Understanding Vendor Statistics
Time: 11:15am – 12:15pm
Location: 4C1-2
Description:

Online usage statistics can be deceptively straightforward. Before relying on them to make decisions, you must fully understand what the column headers mean, how data is collected, and how local configurations affect the data. Participants will review statistics tables available from common data providers such as Lexis, Westlaw, Serials Solutions, Gale, HeinOnline, Onelog, and Lookup Precision.

Takeaway 1: Participants will understand the three most common terms found in aggregator- and vendor-supplied statistics.

Takeaway 2: Participants will be able to identify at least two ways in which Internet Protocol (IP) and proxy configurations affect the data in aggregator- and vendor-supplied statistics.

Takeaway 3: Participants will know at least three key elements of the COUNTER statistics reporting standards and protocols.

Who should attend: Library staff who need to track and evaluate statistical data to make better informed collection development, customer use, and funding decisions

Track(s): Information Technology, Reference, Research and Client Services, Collection Development and Cataloging.

Presenters:
Suzanne R. Graham, Cataloging Services Librarian, University of Georgia School of Law Library
Jean P. O’Grady, Director of Research Services, DLA Piper
Jacob Sayward, Head of Electronic Services, Fordham Law Library

Why Aren’t More Legal Information Vendors COUNTER Compliant?

Online usage standards promulgated by Project COUNTER should make it possible for librarians to make more informed acquisitions and retention decisions based on usage data that is reliable and comparable across databases and vendors. But standards are worthless unless they are adopted and adhered to by the appropriate vendors.  To date, while many vendors of science and bio-medical information are COUNTER compliant, most legal information vendors are not.  The Register of COUNTER compliant vendors can be found here. I’d love to hear from a few vendors about why they have or have not become COUNTER compliant. A step-by-step guide for vendors to COUNTER Compliance is here.