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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