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COUNTER

Using OCLC Usage Statistics for COUNTER  
(Counting Online Usage for Networked Electronic Resources)

COUNTER-compliant usage statistics reports allow your library to compare database usage across vendor platforms in a consistent, credible, and compatible manner. These reports offer basic usage information, and can be used in conjunction with OCLC's usage statistics reports found under the FirstSearch tab.  OCLC's COUNTER reports measure journal use within databases, including download methods, database use at the session and search level, turnaways, and service use.  Because the format for COUNTER-compliant reports is consistent regardless of vendor, information from these reports can easily be imported via Microsoft® Excel or the .cvs format, and merged into a single report with statistics from multiple service providers. Another benefit of COUNTER-compliant reports is that terms, such as "sessions," "searches," and "turnaways" are always defined in the same manner, and usage statistics measure the same actions.

OCLC's COUNTER-compliant reports follow an agreed-upon international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data. 

OCLC Consortia Level reports provide a consortia the rollups of the institution level numbers to give totals for the consortia. These are intended for informational use to the Consortia and are not considered to be COUNTER compliant reports.

COUNTER Reports

 

Report Description
COUNTER (Counting Online Usage for Networked Electronic Resources)

These reports allow your library to compare database usage across vendor platforms in a consistent, credible, and compatible manner. These reports offer basic usage information, and can be used in conjunction with OCLC's usage statistics reports found under the FirstSearch® tab.

OCLC's COUNTER-compliant reports follow an agreed-upon international set of standards and protocols governing the recording and exchange of online usage data.

Journal Report 1: Number of Successful Full-Text Article Requests by Month and Journal This report shows, by Journal Title, how many full-text articles were downloaded by your library's users (including staff) each month. The report is displayed by calendar year; OCLC began compiling data in April 2006. The total number of downloads includes not only HTML and PDF, but also any other methods.
Database Report 1: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Database This report displays the total number of sessions and searches for the calendar year-to-date, arranged by platform and database. Databases with no usage across the year-to-date are not displayed.
Note:  A browse on a platform is counted as a search.
Database Report 2: Turnaways by Month and Database Displays the number of turnaways at the individual database level.
Database Report 3: Total Searches and Sessions by Month and Service

This report displays the total number of searches and sessions, arranged by platform.
Note:  A browse on a platform is counted as a search.

For additional information on COUNTER, including a glossary of terms used, please visit www.projectcounter.org.

COUNTER Consortia Level Reports OCLC Consortia Level reports provide a consortia the rollups of the institution level numbers to give totals for the consortia. These are intended for informational use to the Consortia and are not considered to be COUNTER compliant reports.
SUSHI Web service: OCLC Usage Statistics customers also have access to reports on https://www.niso.org/standards-committees/sushi/sushi-tools, using the same authorization and password. Click here for online Help. 

 

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