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Benchmark Statistics Service (BEST). What’s going on with Australian repositories?. What are repository statistics?. Who cares?. Policy-makers and meta-researchers What products of research funding appear in Australian repositories, and how are they used? Gaps, growth areas, hot topics etc.

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Benchmark statistics service best

Benchmark Statistics Service(BEST)

What’s going on with Australian repositories?



Who cares
Who cares?

  • Policy-makers and meta-researchers

    What products of research funding appear in Australian repositories, and how are they used? Gaps, growth areas, hot topics etc.

  • Repository managers and administrators

    How do the contents and usage of my repository compare with others?

  • Authors, depositors, users

    Item/author usage, deposit patterns, etc.



Many also show
Many also show

How they’re used


But how does this
But how does this

Compare with this?


At a grand scale
At a grand scale…

  • Numerous discovery services and directories (OpenDOAR, OAI-ster, Repository 66)

  • Also some aggregators of content information (ROAR)

  • Many industry-specific standards, followed to some extent by some of community (OAI-PMH, SUSHI, authority lists)


At a grand scale1
At a grand scale…

Other relevant statistics projects…

  • JISC IRS has examined ways of using OAI-PMH to harvest event information, and has recently developed “IRStats”, a package to process EPrints and DSpace logs at the repository level.

  • MESUR and precursor activities have examined aggregation using link servers.


What s missing
What’s missing…

The ability to combine and compare repository usage statistics across Aust. repositories.

  • Broadly applicable standards for defining and representing contents and events

  • Means of adjusting for variation between repositories, communities, disciplines, industries

  • Service for harvesting, aggregating and presenting repository statistics


What s the approach
What’s the approach?

  • Short project to design pilot service, demonstrating the possibilities of aggregated usage statistics

  • Limited participants in first round: primarily research institutions

  • Build on existing work (IRS, MESUR, ROAR) and standards (DC, METS, OAI-PMH)


What s the approach1
What’s the approach?

  • Work with related groups (MACAR, PILIN, People Australia)

  • Interoperable (use OAI-PMH; software, platform and repository agnostic)

  • Extensible (future needs of new users, other repository types, new applications)


Steps to an aggregator service
Steps to an aggregator service

  • Identify a group of repositories for pilot

  • Identify priority use cases

  • Define scope, guiding principles, needs

  • Define data elements, schema

  • Assess and build repositories’ ability to expose standard reports as defined

  • Design and build aggregator

  • Present to users

  • Feedback, refine, extend


Future possibilities
Future possibilities

  • Integration with other systems (ORCA, AONS)

  • Use of OpenURL

  • Alternative to citation indices for assessment of research impact

  • Examine user behaviour; threads, use of related subject/author links


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