IRUS-US: Institutional Repository Usage Statistics Service

Lyrasis has partnered with Jisc to form and administer a new IRUS-US community of users. Institutions participating in IRUS-US install the IRUS tracker, allowing Jisc to collects raw download data for all item types and processes those raw data into COUNTER-conformant statistics. Those statistics are aggregated in open access statistical reports, allowing institutions to share usage information with individual researchers; share usage information with administration; compare usage information with peer institutions; and use usage information to identify national trends.

IRUS-US functions as a small piece of code that is added to IR, enabling a 'tracker protocol' that allows Jisc to collect the raw data. Current compatible IR softwares include Dspace, Eprints, Fedora, Figshare, Haplo, Pure portal, Worktribe, Equella, and Esploro. Any institution using a software not listed above should contact Lyrasis and indicate their interest. We will contact the repository developers to build IRUS tracker functionality into their software capabilities.

Features include:

  • Service Level Agreement negotiated by Lyrasis on behalf of subscribing institutions
  • COUNTER-conformant statistics for demonstrating scholarly publishing impact
  • COUNTER-conformant usage exclusions to ensure that bots and rogue users do not skew usage statistics
  • Downloadable reports and data visualizations
  • Available to Lyrasis members and non-members
  • Flat yearly subscription fee

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