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The Leicester Repository (LRA) in 2009: An overview of the top 100 items accessed

Posted by gazjjohnson on 11 January, 2010

Happy New Year everyone.

And what better way to start 2010 than with a look back at 2009.  Over the last year I’ve been gathering information on the documents accessed on the LRA the most.  Monthly as you may know I produce a Top 10, with the most accessed items on it – more than one author here has been very pleased to turn up on it; some on a very regular basis.  But to cap a year of hard work by my team I’ve been digging into the data for the whole year.

What I have now is a very clear idea of the general subject areas where we’re seeing the most accesses coming in, as well as the type of items people are coming to see.  So what I’ve pulled together is the top 100 items on the LRA for 2009, and then had a closer look at them.  Some broad facts about the top 100:

  • 719 items showed up in the analysis set
  • 78% were full text items.
  • 49% of all accesses (the largest proportion) were to full text articles
  • 10% of the top 100 are full text theses (hitherto difficult items to access in print)
  • 20% of the top 100 came from Museum Studies items
  • 32% of items were from authors based in the College of Science & Engineering
  • The average article in the top 100 had 473 accesses
  • The median point for the top 100 is 446
  • The highest accessed single item is an article from Management
  • The highest ranked thesis is at #42 in the charts

There are a couple of caveats to these values.

  1. Due to the way the DSpace software handles statistics, I was only able to work with items that had at least 20 accesses in a month; which means there is a likelihood that the real values for accesses will be lower in total than they were.
  2. Some people may well have searched for and retrieved articles on the LRA from the Google cache – and these accesses would not have been counted by our software.

While these caveats mean I can’t draw any shockingly accurate truths, they are useful as a snapshot of LRA access.  If I get the time I’d love to go back and do the same work on the 2008 data.  The full report on these findings will be presented to the LRAPG on the 2nd Feb.

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