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What can I do with an E-Resources / COUNTER 5 dataset?

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The E-Resources/COUNTER 5 dataset allows you to analyze e-journal, ebook, and database usage from COUNTER 5-compliant vendors. Compliant providers were required to start providing r5 reports in January 2019, and providing a SUSHI service is a mandatory part of compliance. As a result, E-Resources/COUNTER 5 datasets do not have a manual upload or entry option. Data can only be added via SUSHI harvest.

  • You can manually import your data via SUSHI single fetch, or set up a schedule for LibInsight to harvest these reports automatically.
  • We currently import the Title Master Report, the Platform Master Report, and the Database Master Report. (The Item Master Report will be coming soon.)

Because we’re supporting all the Master-level reports, you don’t have to worry about which ‘view’, for example Title Report view 1 or Database Report view 1, you might need. We’re taking all the guesswork out of the equation by gathering all of the data via the Master Reports. By supporting the Master-level reports, we are, by default, supporting just about everything that has to do with COUNTER r5 reporting.

To help you more easily set up your E-Resources/COUNTER 5 datasets, you can easily import your COUNTER 4 platforms from your existing E-Journals/Databases and eBooks datasets in LibInsight.


What's the difference between COUNTER r4 and r5?

R5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice represents the 5th release of COUNTER – the standard for counting the use of electronic resources. COUNTER r5 requires content providers to deliver reports in Release 5 formats starting with January 2019 usage.

COUNTER Release 5 contains several metric types, different than the metric types available in Release 4.

  • Usage Metrics:
    • Investigations – Measure an expression of interest in a content item or title.
      • i.e. a patron viewing an article abstract would count as an investigation.
    • Request – Measure access to a content item or title.
      • i.e. a patron downloading an e-journal article or e-book chapter.
  • Searches Metrics:
    • Contains four different types of search metrics from searches_regular to searches_platform.
  • Access Denials Metrics:
    • This new metric has two different types to account for user denial — lack of institutional access and simultaneous users maximum has been reached.

These new metric types provide several new measurement tools of your e-resource usage.


What can we analyze with these datasets?

For each of your platforms, you'll be able to analyze the total number of requests, searches, and investigations, as well as the number of times access was denied. You can also record cost data for your platforms, as well, providing you with valuable cost-per-use statistics.

There are even reports that allow you to easily track e-journals, ebooks, and databases with the highest and lowest usage, which can be a huge help when it comes time to consider your renewals. The trends report also allows you to see how your usage has changed over time, as well.

Example analysis report for an e-resources/COUNTER 5 dataset