Project deliverable Open Access
This deliverable report on “Usage Statistics Services” is carried out under the workpackage
"Information Space maintenance and extension".
It aims to align with existing guidelines and standards for the collection, cleaning and processing
of usage data from OpenAIRE data providers, such as literature and data repositories, e-journal
platforms and CRIS, and eventually for the provision of consolidated usage statistics in the
OpenAIRE portal, repository dashboard and via an API for external services.
The report documents the current and upcoming policies on data protection, which must be
considered when collecting and evaluating usage statistics. They are compared on the level of the
EU and of selected national policies.
Those standards, guidelines and policies are then considered in the specification of the “Usage
Statistics Service”, which aims to seamlessly integrate in the existing OpenAIRE infrastructure.
As a proof of concept several pilots with repositories from Portugal and other countries, e-journal
platforms and the IRUS-UK service have been run. While those pilots have revealed several issues
in the tracking code they have also informed and improved the implementation of the tracker code
for repositories and the development of the OpenAIRE Sushi-Lite API for the provision of usage