Initiatives and Projects on Usage Data

By now, there are a number of projects at the local, national and international level that are gathering and aggregating usage data from repositories. Here are the most well-known:


Following on from the successful PIRUS2 project, which demonstrated how COUNTER-compliant article-level usage statistics could be collected and consolidated from Publishers and Institutional Repositories (IRs), Jisc have provided funding to establish ‘IRUS-UK’, a national aggregation service, containing details of all content downloaded from UK participating IRs.

IRUS-UK is a Jisc-funded repository and infrastructure service.


Open-Access-Statistics (OA-Statistics) was a DFG-funded project from 2008 until 2013. The project has developed robust infrastructure components for the purpose of gathering and processing standardized usage data and -statistics (COUNTER) from a wide variety of repositories in Germany. The Service offered by the VZG.

Paper “Standardised Usage Statistics for Open Access Repositories and Publication Services”

Standard Robot Exclusion List used by OA-Statistics.

Statistics on the Usage of REpositories (SURE)

Standardized usage data and statistics for the Netherlands.


Standardized usage data and statistics for EC.

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Last updated on March 28, 2017 by Daniel Beucke

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