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The COUNTER Project, ICSTI involvement

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  • Subject: The COUNTER Project, ICSTI involvement
  • From: Pete Strickland <ps@iucr.org>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jun 2003 10:06:04 +0100 (BST)
Please find attached a report received from ICSTI concerning the COUNTER 
Project. It is expected that Crystallography Journals Online will provide 
COUNTER-compliant Usage Reports in due course.

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Dear All,

Please find attached a short report of progress to date of the COUNTER
 project, of which ICSTI is a sponsor.

The Project is designed to create a comprehensive method of measuring usage
of online information resources. A Code of Practice has been released and a
number of online vendors have already implemented it.

Further details are in the attached document together with the urls of the
 various resources available on the project and from one of the early

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me.

Bye, Barry

COUNTER: (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources); 
ICSTI involvement.

In February of 2003 ICSTI was invited to become a sponsor of COUNTER, an 
initiative to develop standard methods of measuring usage of online 
information resources. The Bureau felt that it was a valid activity for ICSTI 
to support and authorised the expenditure of $5000 as our contribution. 

The COUNTER Code of Practice
COUNTER released the first edition of a Code of Practice in January and 
invited online information vendors to implement the Code as soon as possible. 
Amongst the first to implement the Code was Oxford University Press in April 
2003, having signed a formal declaration of compliance with COUNTER in March. 
Details of the OUP implementation are available at 

A Register of Vendors providing COUNTER-compliant Usage Reports has now been 
added to the COUNTER  website: http://www.projectCounter.org 

In order to become COUNTER-compliant for 2003, vendors must a) Sign a 
Declaration of COUNTER Compliance, b) submit this to the COUNTER Office and  
c) allow COUNTER access to the usage reports for which COUNTER-compliant 
status is claimed.  If the usage reports are found to be compliant with the 
Code the vendor will be added to the Register.

Future Plans
>From 2004 onwards, auditing of the usage reports by an independent, 
COUNTER-approved, auditor will be required in order to maintain this  
compliant status. Information on the auditing process will be published in 
the course of 2003, along with a list of approved auditors.

Release 1 of the Code of Practice will be valid until the end of 2004.  
Release 2, to be published in January 2004, will become the valid Code of  
Practice in January 2005.  This will give vendors one year to work towards 
compliance with Release 2. 

Modifications and additions to the Code
The first vendors to become compliant have also provided useful feedback which 
has enabled us to enhance the Code of Practice and to clarify some  issues 
associated with it. 

The first set of Guidelines on Implementation has been published as Appendix D 
to the Code of Practice.  These are designed to provide more  detail to 
assist vendors with implementation and include information on the specific 
return codes that indicate a successful request to a web  server.

A set of errata have also been included as Appendix C to the Code of Practice.

Further details and the text of the Code and addenda are available on the 
COUNTER site http://www.projectCounter.org
ICSTI Members requiring further information should contact the Secretariat



Best wishes

Peter Strickland
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