Usage Statistics for E-Resources: Is All That Data Meaningful? - Justin Clarke

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Presented at the 2010 Electronic Resources & Libraries Conference. --

Justin Clarke, Harrassowitz. --

Abstract: Usage statistics with cost per use have become an important factor in evaluating an electronic resource. This session will consider the ways to gather usage statistics and also look at the other points of considerations in e-resource evaluation. Discussion will also cover the value of usage statistics and whether we are just being overwhelmed by numbers.

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Usage Statistics for E-Resources: Is All That Data Meaningful? - Justin Clarke

  1. 1. Usage Statistics for E-Resources – Is all that data meaningful? Justin Clarke ER&L Conference Feb 1, 2010
  2. 2. Headaches of Harvesting <ul><li>Timing – many reports are delayed </li></ul><ul><li>Administrative costs </li></ul><ul><li>e-journals, e-books, databases </li></ul><ul><li>Differing formats - .csv, .txt., .xls </li></ul>.csv report .txt .xls
  3. 3. SUSHI Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative <ul><li>Gathering data should be easier with more automation </li></ul><ul><li>ANSI/NISO Z39.93 Protocol (details at www.niso.org) </li></ul><ul><li>Still a bunch of numbers – need more information! </li></ul>1 8 7 0 2 3 9 12 6 18 5 32 25 19 6 4 19 43 5
  4. 4. Acquisitions Data <ul><li>That’s right, use your vendor(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Rich data – fund, PO, LC classification, historical pricing </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable information concerning mergers/splits/publisher changes </li></ul>
  5. 5. Menaces of Merging <ul><li>Publisher changes </li></ul><ul><li>Title changes </li></ul><ul><li>Duplication </li></ul><ul><li>Match point? </li></ul><ul><li>Import and export </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility is key </li></ul>
  6. 6. “ Cost Per Use” Report <ul><li>Price divided by use </li></ul><ul><li>Title combinations and supplements </li></ul><ul><li>More information needed, such as how one title relates to another </li></ul><ul><li>Vendor shouldn’t impose philosophy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Attentive Analysis <ul><li>High use </li></ul><ul><li>Professor assigns article to entire class </li></ul><ul><li>Hackers and hoarders </li></ul><ul><li>Low use: </li></ul><ul><li>Nobel prize winning faculty publications </li></ul><ul><li>New department support </li></ul>
  8. 8. Attentive Analysis <ul><li>Reference points of cost </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-year analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Subject-based analysis </li></ul><ul><li>GOAL: Useful Statistics! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Application <ul><li>Renewal Decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Budget considerations </li></ul><ul><li>Make or break the “deal” </li></ul><ul><li>Institution and consortia-wide </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul><ul><li>Justin Clarke </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Sales Manager </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.harrassowitz.de </li></ul>

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