January 26, 2022

Open Access Monographs: Knowledge Unlatched Will Release Institutional Usage Statistics Reports Next Month, Public Dashboard Also Available

UPDATE October 26 

Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection Usage Statistics: 28 Books, 74,000 Downloads in 183 Countries, 22,000 Page Views
Post includes interactive map. 

From KU:

2016-10-24_10-19-31Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is delighted to announce that it will be launching institutional usage statistics reports in November for libraries which participated in KU’s Pilot Open Access e-book collection.

The reports are based on institutional IP addresses using COUNTER-compliant data provided by one of KU’s official hosting platforms, OAPEN. Until now, KU has been publishing aggregated reports for the Pilot Collection only.


Looking at the overall usage from HathiTrust and OAPEN, KU can reveal that the Pilot titles have been downloaded and viewed more than 100,000 times. In addition, from March 2014 to September 2016, the KU Pilot titles accumulated 28% more downloads than other English-language OAPEN titles for the same period.

The public dashboard can be visited here.

These reports are the first step in tracking usage of Open Access books that are available under Creative Commons licences. The nature of Open Access means that the process is not straightforward as KU’s books are hosted on multiple sites and can be easily shared. The increased discoverability that results from books being hosted on diverse platforms can only be beneficial, however combining usage data from multiple sources creates data blending challenges not only for books in the KU collection but for all OA books.

To this end, KU Research will next investigate methodologies for providing geolocational usage reports which will capture students accessing works off campus as well as help university libraries to assess the reach of these research works in their wider community.

Read the Complete Announcement, Includes Comments by:

  • Dr Sven Fund, Managing Director of Knowledge Unlatched
  • Associate Professor Lucy Montgomery, Director of KU Research
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.