Scholarly communication is undergoing fundamental changes, in particular with new requirements for open access to research outputs, new forms of peer-review, and alternative methods for measuring impact. For every repository manager, collecting metrics is relevant to optimise, operate, and enhance their repository and to demonstrate the value of the repository to authors. There are several repository software platforms, like DSpace or ePrints, which offer add-ons with their core system. In addition, third parties like Google analytics or PIWIK, offer services to count usage for repositories.

During the last 5 years another approach for measuring impact has appeared – altmetrics. Social media data from several services are collected and could showcase the impact of repository content. Altmetrics covers mentions, bookmarks, views, downloads and more. By now, there are already a few commercial provider which offer such services, also specialised for repositories like the altmetric badge. One of the greatest challenges with all  these services is the lack of standards for aggregating data, meaning the data cannot be compared across platforms.

The Open Metrics Interest Group aims to identify  these services– at both the technical and organizational level – in order to give an overview of the current landscape for (open) metrics for repository managers. The group is an ideally placed to exchange international experiences with the topic open metrics.



  • S. Amshey
  • Urban Andersson, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Paola Azrilevich, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MinCyT), Argentina
  • Jean-Gabriel Bankier
  • Daniel Beucke, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
  • José Carvalho, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Joseph Cera, University of California - Berkeley Law Library, United States
  • Judith Cobb
  • A. Connolly
  • Maria Coslado, Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), Spain
  • Marisa Raquel De Giusti, Iberoamerican Science and Technology Education Consortium, United States
  • Andrew Dorward
  • Belén Fernández del Pino, Consorcio Madroño, Spain
  • Rafael Flores, Fundación Española para la Ciencia y la Tecnología (FECYT), Spain
  • Julius Grybinas, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Hilary Jones, Jisc, United Kingdom
  • David Kernohan, Jisc, United Kingdom
  • Alexia Kounoudes, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus
  • Ross MacIntyre, Jisc, United Kingdom
  • Lazarus Matizirofa
  • Susanna Nykyri, Helsinki University Library, Finland
  • Marisol Occioni, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia - Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo, Italy
  • Dimitris Pierrakos
  • Wolfgang Riese, ZBW – German National Library of Economics – Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany
  • Eloy Rodrigues, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Agustina Roldán, Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación Productiva (MinCyT), Argentina
  • Ricardo Saraiva, Universidade do Minho, Portugal
  • Jochen Schirrwagen, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Gonzalo Villarreal, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina
  • Eike Wannick, Helmholtz Association, Germany
  • Marios Zervas, Cyprus University of Technology, Cyprus

If you are interested in joining the Interest Group, please contact Astrid Orth or the COAR Office and we will make sure you are added to the group membership.