13 Apr 2015

Draft New COUNTER Book Reports for public comment

Posted in COUNTER, Metrics Development | By usus_4_admin

Following an investigation carried out on behalf of COUNTER by Information Power Ltd it has been decided to provide three new COUNTER usage reports for books. Draft examples of these three new reports are provided below or linked from here and they will be available on the Usus website until Tuesday 30 June 2015 for public comment. All interested parties are encouraged to review the documents and to submit their comments to Usus by sending an email through the contact form. Feedback received will be taken into account by the COUNTER Executive Committee in the preparation of the final versions of these reports, which will then be included in Appendix H (Optional Additional Usage Reports) of Release 4. It is envisaged that the new reports will eventually replace the existing Standard COUNTER book reports 1 and 2 when Release 5 of the Code of Practice is published.

The new reports are:

Book Report 7: Number of Successful Unique Title Requests by Month and Title in a Session. The purpose of this report is to provide information on which books are accessed during a Session. To allow this to be done each title must be uniquely identifiable with an identifier, such as a Book DOI. Sessions must also be defined in one of the following ways:

  • A session ID available in the weblogs
  • IP+useragent+ a 30 minute time window, as a surrogate for a session

Book Report 8: Book Activity by Month and Title The purpose of this report is to provide a breakdown of the major categories of activity that take place within a book. The following categories of activity may be reported:

  • Book view
  • Chapter view
  • Entry view
  • Other

Book Report 9: Overview of Usage The purpose of this report is to provide a summary that allows customers to identify, for a particular book collection, those book titles that are used and those that are not used during a particular reporting period.

Book Reports

Excel examples of the draft new book reports are provided below, for visualisation purposes. When the final form of the reports is agreed they will also be available in XML and will be retrievable using the SUSHI protocol.

Book Report 7: Number of Successful Unique Title Requests by Month and Title in a Session.

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  1. For ‘Customer’ specify, for example, the organizational level to which the usage reports refer: e.g. ‘Harvard University’, ‘Department of Chemistry’
  2. The ISNI identifier must be used for the ‘Institutional Identifier’
  3. A Book DOI is required for every title on the list.  This should be provided simply as an identifier value. (If a Book DOI is not available the cell must be left blank).
  4. The Proprietary Identifier column must be included, but cells may be left blank if the vendor has no Proprietary Identifier for a journal
  5. The ‘Total for all titles’ line is provided at the top of the Table to allow it to be stripped out without disrupting the rest of the Table, as the number of books included may vary from one month to another.
  6. Books for which the number of title requests is zero in every month should not be included in Book Report 7
  7. For guidance on Data Display Rules, see Journal Report 1

Book Report 8: Book Activity by Month and Title

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  1. For ‘Customer’ specify, for example, the organizational level to which the usage reports refer: e.g. ‘Harvard University’, ‘Department of Chemistry’
  2. The ISNI identifier must be used for the ‘Institutional Identifier’
  3. A Book DOI is required for every title on the list.  This should be provided simply as an identifier value. (If a Book DOI is not available the cell must be left blank).
  4. The Proprietary Identifier column must be included, but cells may be left blank if the vendor has no Proprietary Identifier for a journal
  5. The ‘Total for all titles’ line is provided at the top of the Table to allow it to be stripped out without disrupting the rest of the Table, as the number of books included may vary from one month to another.
  6. Books for which the number of title requests is zero in every month should not be included in Book Report 8
  7. For guidance on Data Display Rules, see Journal Report 1

Book Report 9: Overview of Usage

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  1. For ‘Customer’ specify, for example, the organizational level to which the usage reports refer: e.g. ‘Harvard University’, ‘Department of Chemistry’
  2. The ISNI identifier must be used for the ‘Institutional Identifier’
  3. A Book DOI is required for every title on the list.  This should be provided simply as an identifier value. (If a Book DOI is not available the cell must be left blank).
  4. The Proprietary Identifier column must be included, but cells may be left blank if the vendor has no Proprietary Identifier for a journal
  5. The ‘Total for all titles’ line is provided at the top of the Table to allow it to be stripped out without disrupting the rest of the Table, as the number of books included may vary from one month to another.
  6. For guidance on Data Display Rules, see Journal Report 1

                       

  • Thomas Jouneau

    Thanks for allowing the comments on this draft. I may be missing something in the BR9, but is the proprietary identifier the only information provided to identify “those book titles that are used and those that are not used during a particular reporting period”, or is a column missing in the example provided? Thanks!

  • Rachel Oldridge

    I may be being thick – regarding BR9 – you say it “allows customers to identify, for a particular book collection, those
    book titles that are used and those that are not used during a
    particular reporting period”. But the screenshot you show doesn’t do any of those things, it just gives a number that were used and lets you work out the number that were not. We need to know which ones were not! Talking of which, please change BR1 and BR2 so that providers need to provide a line for each title available to that institution, with zero use if it has had zero use. Trying to identify zero use titles is a real problem for us.

  • Irene Barbers

    Perhaps I’m also missing something, but how could I identify individual books with or without usage from BR9 as I only see totals for every collection?
    Edit: I have seen Rachels comment only just after having posted my own comment – I agree completely.