Select Committee on Science and Technology Written Evidence


Annex 4

COUNTER: COUNTING ONLINE USAGE OF NETWORKED ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

(WWW.PROJECTCOUNTER.ORG/ABOUT.HTML)

  COUNTER is a strongly supported international initiative that serves librarians, publishers and intermediaries by facilitating the recording and exchange of online usage statistics. COUNTER released a Code of Practice in January 2003 that specifies the content, format and delivery mechanisms to which vendor- generated online usage reports must conform in order to achieve `COUNTER compliant' status. COUNTER has its origins in a working party formed by the JISC/PA/ALPSP "PALS" (Publishers and Library/Learning Solutions) collaboration, and includes a wide range of national and international publisher and library associations among its founding sponsors.



 
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