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Finetuning of download counts

Posted by Antoinette Cass on October 5, 2007

New filtering techniques are soon to be employed on Digital Commons sites, the e-publications@ bond software platform, that will dramatically change Bond’s digital repository download statistics.   Numbers will decrease considerably, but they will be more accurate. 

Just like spam adds to the gross volume of email, there are automated processes artificially inflating the numbers of hits on Bond’s repository papers.    A recent analysis of thousands of log files has confirmed that the integrity of our download statistics is compromised by the activity of sophisticated robots, crawlers and spam-bots (RACS) trawling the internet. 

This discovery has motivated bepress, the provider of Digital Commons, to completely re-write their filtering technology to remove machine downloads and other anomalies.  Digital Commons now meets and significantly exceeds COUNTER, an industry standard for online usage statistics.  For more information see  http://www.bepress.com/download_counts.html. 

Download counts and usage statistics continue to grow in importance as more scholarship is placed online, and Bond University researchers can take comfort that this latest upgrade will assist them in assessing the impact of their publications with far more accuracy than in the past.   

If your papers are in e-publications@ bond you will soon receive an email from Digital Commons announcing their new filtering system has been implemented.  The ensuing result will be future monthly full-text download reports that are more accurate and therefore a more reliable source by which you can monitor reader interest in your research.

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