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Eric Meyer and Kathryn Eccles presenting to the Digital Humanties at Oxford Summer School.

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  • The information we gathered enabled us to look at which search terms were used to find the resource (most popular (649 searches) was ‘Histpop’ showing that this project chose a good, catchy name – next most popular ‘www.histpop.org’ at 68 searches, ‘Online Historical Population Reports’ just behind at 67 searches). The top referrer sites allowed us to see important information about where visitors were coming from, and by following the URLs of the top referrer sites, the context of the link. Access statistics allowed us to see when the site was most popular, and where visitors were coming from. All of this information allows you to learn more about your users and the usage of your site.
  • British Library C19th Newspapers recorded a large number of links for a project page with no link to the actual resource. We found a number of blog sites among the links, indicating a strong blogging community surrounding C19th topics.British Library Archival Sounds project performed well, but had noticeably fewer links that the Sound Archive pages. We found that the most heavily ‘linked-to’ part of the Sound Archive was the catalogue page, where no link to the Archival Sounds project was placed. In this case, webometric analysis of the existing resource would have indicated which areas of the site were heavily linked to, useful information when deciding where to locate links to a new resource.BOPCRIS C18th PPs recorded fewer links than the BOPCRIS homepage. This may indicate that this resource was placed within a well-known and well-linked to resource, with visitors to the main homepage likely to explore the range of resources available through BOPCRIS.Wellcome Medical Backfiles project page records strong links, perhaps due to its link to the main (free) resource at PubMed Central. I should point out that the URL for the Wellcome project had changed approximately four weeks before this set of data was collected. The number of links to the Wellcome page is the number that had been added in this short period. While we were able to glean some information about the use of this site from these links, we were unable to gather any data from the PubMed Central homepage, as this is a massive and extremely well known resource for the sciences.

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  • 1. Impact as a process: considering the reach of resources from the start
    Eric T. Meyer & Kathryn Eccles
    Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
    Digital Humanities@Oxford Summer School
    29th July 2011
  • 2. What is impact and why consider it?
    What do we mean by impact?
    • Reaching intended audience
    • 3. Reaching new audiences
    • 4. Attracting users
    • 5. Attracting new usage
    • 6. Enabling new research questions
    • 7. Enabling new approaches to education
  • Where to begin?
    Identify your audience and key stakeholders
    Set your goals. What types of impact do you envisage your resource having?
    What steps are you taking to ensure these types of impact?
    Identify connections
    What resources do you see as successful in terms of audience and impact?
    Do you see your resource as part of a network of connected resources?
  • 8. Digitisation and Impact
  • 9. Measuring usage and impact
    What to measure?
    Types of use
    Citation practices
    Marketing strategies
  • 10. JISC funded project
    July 2008-April 2009
    Looked at five specific JISC-funded resources
    Designed to test the TIDSR methods and review them for the TIDSR toolkit
    TIDSR: The first usage and impact study
  • 11. Methods
    Quantitative methods
    • Webometrics
    • Web Analytics
    • Log file analysis
    • Scientometrics / bibliometrics
    Content Analysis
    Qualitative methods
    • Focus groups
    • 12. User feedback
    • 13. Referrer analysis
    • 14. Content Analysis
  • Project 1 – Online Historical Population Reports (OHPR/Histpop)
  • 15. Survey: Low Awareness
  • 16. Survey: High Importance to Users
  • 17. Log Files: Non UK Activity
  • 18. Log File Analysis
    Top Search Phrases: Histpop
  • 19. Histpop: User Communities
    Perception: Specific niche community
    Well known by target audience
    Transforming access and usage patterns
    User surveys:
    Embedded in educational resources
    Enhanced access to primary sources
    ‘Histpop made it possible to do a completely different project’
    Continuing education, online resources, non-traditional learners
  • 20. Project 2 – British Library 19th Century Newspapers
  • 21. Project 2 – British Library 19th Century Newspapers
  • 22. Citation Habits
    Have you ever published a piece based on your work in this collection?
    If so, how did you cite the collection?
  • 23. Webometric results
    • Highest numbers for original British Library resource (analogue)
    • 24. 19th Century British Library Newspapers registers strong links for a project page
    • 25. Note: Importance of comparator sites when using webometrics
  • Blog Evidence
  • 26. Project 3 – British Library Archival Sound Recordings
  • 27. Interviews, Group Interviews, Focus Groups
    Time intensive, but productive if you are careful about what you ask!
    Different stakeholders:
    Project team: Positive view of the work only
    Broader stakeholders: While the digital project was good, it also introduced tensions in the broader setting of the library
    New kinds of serendipity, wide range of users
  • 28. News
    Engagement officer
  • 29. Project 4 – British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service (BOPCRIS): 18th Century Official Parliamentary Publications Portal 1688-1834
  • 30. Project 4 – British Official Publications Collaborative Reader Information Service (BOPCRIS): 18th Century Official Parliamentary Publications Portal 1688-1834
  • 31. Webometrics
    • Some resources are available through multiple outlets
    • 32. Webometrics can capture comparative awareness
    • 33. These results show how powerful known resources and/or publishers can be
  • Project 5 – Wellcome Medical Journals: the backfiles project
  • 34. Project 5 – Wellcome Medical Journals: the backfiles project
  • 35. Webometrics
    Wellcome Medical Journals Backfiles project page records strong links, links to Pub Med for WMJB material impossible to trace
  • 36. Knowing the Users
    Historians? (would be looking at older articles)
    Not typical PubMed users
    Search interface issues / limited search
    Clinicians? (would be looking at newer articles)
    Not typically reading 100 year old articles
    Other users?
    Paths of discovery?
  • 37. New uses?
    Majority of downloads targeted more recent material – opening up of new resources to clinicians
    More thorough and comprehensive searches
    Historians reported more comprehensive search results (quantitative results)
    Also reported increased browsing, greater serendipity, due to time saved finding articles
  • 38. Awareness of Resource by Country
  • 39. How did you find this resource?
  • 40. http://microsites.oii.ox.ac.uk/tidsr/
  • 41.
  • 42. University of Oxford Podcasts
  • 43. Proceedings of the Old Bailey Online
  • 44. British History Online
  • 45.
  • 46. Siobhan Davies RePlay
  • 47. http://www.rin.ac.uk/humanities-case-studies
    Bulger, M., Meyer, E.T., de la Flor, G., Terras, M., Wyatt, S., Jirotka, M., Eccles, K., Madsen, C.
  • 48. The Case Studies
  • 49. Browsing and Searching
  • 50. Reconfiguring Resources
  • 51. “
    Old Bailey Online hasn’t replaced anything for me or displaced anything for me, but it is part of this general transformation of how I do what I do.
  • 52. “
    The amount of time I now spend doing the very mechanical, laborious, time-consuming work is much smaller.You can now do things in 5 seconds which it took you 3 months to do a few years ago.
  • 53. Transformations in Use
  • 54. “
    It’s a huge change. You can do things much more quickly, read much more widely, find connections…it’s very, very important.
  • 55. “
    With something like the Burney Collection, 5 years ago for writing an article I would need to review the newspapers, I would have gone into the British Library and done it on microfilm.
    20 years ago, I would have gone into the British Library and done it with the actual paper in front of me.Now I sit at home and I do a keyword search.
  • 56. “
    Asking new questions?
  • 57. “
    I’m not sure all of this raises the quality of anybody’s work.I think it would be quite daft to pretend that all of this makes us better scholars, or makes our books or papers of higher quality. I don’t know if that is true by any means, but it certainly makes it easier and I suppose makes the quantity of stuff that you can produce greater.
  • 58. “
    What might take you several months if not years of research, you could do in hours, days, a week. So I think that means that it makes the nature of your research different because it allows you quantitative information much more quickly, which then allows you to maybe think about how you might use that information differently,because you’ve got so much more time.
  • 59. Eric T. Meyer
    Kathryn Eccles
    Oxford e-Social Science Project
    Project work funded by: