Changes in academic practice, and the development of funder mandates, have raised the profile of sharing research data. To best understand and resource this activity, institutions and funders need access to reliable indicators on the use and access of shared data.
This project will experiment with a service offering data download metrics, and examine other sources of use indicators.
What we're doing
The project aims to investigate the feasibility and utility of various forms of usage statistics concerning research data.
It has two key work packages:
- The development of a pilot service (building on the existing Jisc IRUS-UK service) for COUNTER-compliant data download metrics
- The investigation of other potential data metrics including data citations and data altmetrics
Why we're doing it
Findings from the research at risk consultation process, and the development of the directions for research data management, have suggested a need for a range of shared, national services to support research data management (RDM) in institutions.
A metrics service is perceived as being useful both to institutions (in preparing and costing data management, storage and archival services in line with research funder guidance) and individual academics (in offering further means to demonstrate research impact).
Metrics at a national level will also support RDM policy making and advocacy in offering evidence of benefits from RDM practice.