One of the benefits of being an OCLC Research Library Partnership institution is the ability to participate in live webinars featuring research currently in progress at OCLC Research and in partner libraries around the world.
These webinars are recorded and made available to anyone at any time. This July featured two such webinars, which are now available for viewing.
Works in Progress Webinar: More Accurately Measuring Item Downloads from Institutional Repositories
In this webinar, Kenning Arlitsch, Montana State University, and Jeff Mixter, OCLC Research, talk in depth about the effort researchers from Montana State University, OCLC Research, the University of New Mexico and the Association of Research Libraries have been working on to develop a new web service that accurately measures item downloads from institutional repositories (IR).
Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the web service called RAMP (Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal) represents a dramatic improvement in web analytics. The researchers have demonstrated that page-tagging analytics methods, such as Google Analytics, typically undercount item downloads from IR because they are not designed to measure non-HTML file downloads, while log file analytics typically over-count due to enormous robot traffic.
This webinar will be of interest to those who work with institutional repositories, those seeking to understand how and what is “counted” in web environments, and those who are considering the future of library metrics. Watch the webinar here.
Works in Progress Webinar: Policy Realities in Research Data Management
This webinar presented by Heidi Imker, Director of the Research Data Service (RDS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Jacquelijn Ringersma, Head of Digital Production Centre, Wageningen University & Research, complements the four-part series of reports by OCLC Research titled The Realities of Research Data Management, in which findings are based on case studies of four institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Wageningen University & Research.
In the presentation, Imker and Ringersma focus on how two research universities are developing RDM policies for accession, use and preservation, as well as how they provide support for academic policies such as DMP requirements for doctoral students. Watch the webinar here.