Driving and measuring usage


While the emphasis in much of this guide is on increasing the content in the repository through embedding it in the DNA of the organisation – in culture, in research workflows and so on – one of the ways in which the usefulness of the repository can be demonstrated is by ensuring that it is used and that its usage is measured. In particular, the argument for archiving full research outputs and making them publicly available depends partly on showing that they increase the impact of research, whether that is through citations or greater public awareness or through usefulness to business or the wider community.

Embedding the repository has definite benefits but these benefits can only be maximised through ensuring that the features embedding makes possible are fully used, internally and externally. This then creates a positive feedback loop, generating evidence of the value of placing content in the repository, which can be used in advocacy by the repository team, but more importantly by researchers talking to each other.

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