- Product: 360 Counter
How do we retrieve our usage statistics from a provider, so that we can upload them into 360 Counter?
The following instructions will guide you in manually retrieving ("harvesting") usage-statistics reports from a provider (vendor) before you upload the report into 360 Counter.
For most providers, you will probably use the Data Retrieval Service (DRS) to automatically retrieve and upload usage-statistics reports.
Usage-statistics from providers that are not Project-COUNTER compliant cannot be uploaded by DRS, and so for those providers, you will need to use these instructions.
Most content providers make their usage statistics prominent on their web sites and easy to download. You should have login credentials for each of your content providers.
NOTE: Login credentials for COUNTER-compliant providers must be stored in the DRS Request Form so that the DRS can access usage-statistics reports for you. Login credentials for non-COUNTER-compliant providers can be stored in Vendor Statistics Metadata.
Retrieve Your Usage Statistics
- Log in to your content provider's site and locate the usage-statistics reports. These reports aren't always easy to find; try looking under "Your Account" or "Usage":
If you are downloading the reports, you have 500 characters of notes in Vendor Statistics Metadata to explain where and how each vendor posts the report, so that you can find it more easily next time.
- Locate the reports in .csv or .txt format. If the reports are only in Excel or another similar software format, you'll need to Save as .txt or .csvDiacritics are handled better using the .txt option.
- Save the reports on your local computer: Set up a special folder for your reports and save them using a standard file-naming convention for your .txt files, something like, vendor_report-number_date-of-usage-data.txt. For example: Emerald_JR1_Dec_2010.txt.
Now you're ready to upload your non-COUNTER-compliant usage-statistics report.
- Date Created: 9-Feb-2014
- Last Edited Date: 21-Feb-2014
- Old Article Number: 7190