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Most Accessed LRA Items (July 2012)

Posted by gazjjohnson on 1 August, 2012

After a break for a month or so while we sorted out some underlying problems with our stats module, we’re back with the top 10 LRA items for the month of July 2012.

  1. New insights into the crustal structure of the England, Wales and Irish Seas areas from local earthquake tomography and associated seismological studies (Hardwick, Anthony James) (2381/8615)
  2. Mobile technologies and learning (Naismith, Laura et al) (2381/8132)
  3. UKCoRR – At the Heart of the UK Open Access Repository Landscape (Johnson, Gareth J.) (2381/10872)
  4. TEM studies of microstructural evolution in creep exposed E911 (Qin, G. et al) (2381/4740)
  5. The Relationship of Principals/Directors’ Leadership Styles, as Perceived by the Faculty, to the Job Satisfaction of the Faculty Members in a Public University of Punjab, Pakistan (Amin, Muhammad) (2381/10774)
  6. The challenges of insider research in educational institutions: wielding a double-edged sword and resolving delicate dilemmas (Mercer, Justine) (2381/4677)
  7. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard) (2381/52)
  8. Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’ (Madge, Clare et al) (2381/9016)
  9. Development of Advanced Ferritic Steels for High Efficiency Power Generation Plant (Qin, Guixiang) (2381/9944)
  10. The Development of Nurture Groups in Secondary Schools (Colley, David Rodway) (2381/10132)

And I’ll try not to look too happy that in this, my final stats report, one of my own papers has shown up in the list. The power of positive use of social media again to promote, and the power of open access to enable readers beyond the publisher paywall to access the text.

In terms of the countries that have accessed LRA items the most, the top 10 looks like this.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. Germany
  5. Australia
  6. China
  7. Canada
  8. Malaysia
  9. Japan
  10. France

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Summer Not Loving the Repository Hits

Posted by gazjjohnson on 26 July, 2012

Behind the scenes at the moment we’re tinkering away with the Google Analytics settings at the moment (there’s been a rather strange and unexplained series of drops in our hits which we’re investigating).  One of the things we’re going to need to look at is the impact over time of some tweeks we’re making to the code that supplies the data to Google.  As a result I found myself this morning taking a look at the same three month period over the past 4/5 years – as charted below.

Apologies for not being able to make the Y-axis the same maximum value (suspect it’s an option if I wasn’t running GA in IE7…).  The way this year and last seem to trend is as expected a reduction in hits over the summer, and I was just about to declare this a regular trend when I spotted that actually in 2009 & 08 this doesn’t seem to be as true.

I have no explanation whatsoever for this trend – but I wondered if any other repository managers out there have the same sort of data they might be willing to share or comment on the above.  Do your hits lose their vitality over the summer months, or are they just as potent as ever?

The only big changes I can point to on the LRA are an expansion from ~3,000 records in ’08 to ~7,300 currently; and a shift from <25% full text in ’08 to currently 50% full text as of today (although by the end of August this proportion will plummet as we expand the records on LRA by about 15,000 metadata only records).

So…do people use the repository less the more full text we get in here?  That seems to run counter to every logical bone in my body.  If I had the time (and the funding) there’s probably a fascinating research project to be had out of this; anyone fancy funding me to do my PhD studying trends across the UK? 🙂

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Contrasting Search Engine Returns and Indexing of the LRA

Posted by gazjjohnson on 6 July, 2012

Repository metrics are upper most in my mind at the moment, as I’ve co-authored a paper for Open Repositories 2012 on the subject.  But they’re also in my mind due to some work I’ve been doing with the LRA lately.

A bit of background first.  A couple of months ago we upgraded the LRA and shifted the server and underlying platform it runs on.  There have been a few issues, nothing devastating mind you, that myself and my wonderful techs have been working to resolve.  One issue that’s niggled at me as manager of the service is that the hits we seem to be getting recorded via Google Analytics were ~75% down on where they were before the change.

While we did discover we were missing a bit of code on some the pages which helped restore some of the recorded traffic, we’re still >40% down on where we have been for the past few years.  While I’m still trying to answer the question “Were the readings before abnormally high or are the readings now abnormally low” I’ve been digging around to try and ID where the issue might lie.  Certainly traffic from search engines is the most significantly reduced element.

So today I’ve run an analysis using the most popular items on LRA in recent months and run them through 4 search engines that regularly do point readers to the repository.  The publications were as follows:

  • Financial Development, Economic Growth and Stock Market Volatility: Evidence from Nigeria and South Africa Ndako, Umar Bida
  • The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths Sim, Chow Yen Desmond
  • Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change Sandell, Richard
  • Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care Pitchforth, Emma et al
  • Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’ Madge, Clare et al
  • Pragmatic randomized trial of antenatal intervention to prevent post-natal depression by reducing psychosocial risk factors Brugha, Traolach S. et al
  • The challenges of insider research in educational institutions: wielding a double-edged sword and resolving delicate dilemmas Mercer, Justine
  • An efficient and effective system for interactive student feedback using Google+ to enhance an institutional virtual learning environment Cann, Alan James
  • The Development of Nurture Groups in Secondary Schools Colley, David Rodway
    Mobile technologies and learning Naismith, Laura et al
  • An evaluation of forensic DNA profiling techniques currently used in the United Kingdom. Graham, Eleanor Alison May
  • Twitter and Public Reasoning Around Social Contention: The Case of #15ott in Italy Vicari, Stefania

There is a good mix of items in the above selection, including some items that aren’t available any where else.  I performed three basic searches

  • The full article title
  • The first four significant (non-stop) words of the title and first author’s surname
  • Author’s name alone

The results were as below.

Google Scholar aggregates together hits with the same title as one return, normally pointing to the published version.  This means that where this happens unless you open up the other hits, you don’t spot the LRA.  So for example Eleanor Graham’s paper is listed as 1*2 – that is the first hit was this paper, but the LRA link was the second in the sublist.

What have I inferred from this?  Well it seems for the most part these search engines are indexing the LRA still.  Given these are popular papers, I’d expect to see them returned as very highly relevant results.  Some particular observations with respect to searching for Open Access publications on the LRA:

  • Google: Appears very good for tracking down OA papers with full title and partial title and author.  Terrible though for searching for an author’s paper by name alone.
  • Google Scholar: Okay for searching OA papers with title or title and author name, but not as good as vanilla Google.  Also very good at obfuscating the availability of an OA version of a paper beneath a publisher link.  Surprisingly though better than Google at retrieving an author’s papers with just their name (but given the more focussed collections that Google aims to search, this is perhaps to be expected).
  • Scirus.com: Brilliant with title and title plus author name at finding OA papers.  The best of the four I used in tracking down items by author name alone too.  Without a doubt the best of the bunch (in this rough and ready test)
  • Bing: intermittently good at times and poor in others in retrieving papers.  Worse than both vanilla Google and Scholar, and much worse than Scirus.  However, had some successes in identifying papers with a high relevance ranking by author name alone at times when the other three search engines could resolve them.

In conclusion if you’re looking for open access publications I would use Scirus.com first and foremost, but avoid Bing unless you’re hitting a total dead end (or just have an author name) and use the Google Family of search engines with care.  As for the LRA, looks like we are indexed by most of these (although I’ve questions about Bing’s totality of coverage).

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Countries accessing the LRA (2009-2011)

Posted by gazjjohnson on 9 May, 2011

Following a conversation with a fellow repository manager on Friday about countries using our research, I did a bit of quick and dirty analysis on the LRA, taking a data range of 1/4/2009-30/4/2011.  Here’s the top 20 countries using us, and the percentage of the overall accesses they make up.

  1. United Kingdom (39.72%)
  2. United States (12.84%)
  3. India (3.13%)
  4. Germany (2.64%)
  5. Australia (2.41%)
  6. Canada (2.35%)
  7. China (2.23%)
  8. Italy (1.51%)
  9. France (1.48%)
  10. Malaysia (1.44%)
  11. Netherlands (1.29%)
  12. Japan (1.06%)
  13. Iran (1.05%)
  14. Spain (1.04%)
  15. Greece (0.94%)
  16. Turkey (0.89%)
  17. Hong Kong (0.82)%
  18. Ireland (0.82%)
  19. Indonesia (0.77%)
  20. Taiwan (0.75%)
  • The top 10 make up 69.7% of all accesses to the LRA mounted research over that time.
  • The top 20 make up 79.2% of all accesses to the LRA mounted research over that time.

I don’t know whether to be delighted or distressed that the bulk of accesses come from the UK.  It’s good that the research is getting read here, but so much depends these days on overseas researchers making use of the research we publish.  Other repository managers reading this – how does this compare to your own repositories? Similar? Completely different?

And for any Leicester folk reading this – are these the countries that we’d expect to be using our research?  Of course, we are always limited by the materials that academics send us, and I’m well aware there are many, many gaps in our collections that I’d be only too keen to fill!

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LRA Most Accessed Research April 2011

Posted by gazjjohnson on 6 May, 2011

  1. Facebook, social integration and informal learning at university: ‘It is more for socialising and talking to friends about work than for actually doing work’ (Madge, Clare et al)
  2. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data (Garino, Gaia et al)
  3. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard)
  4. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al)
  5. Educational Leadership: an Islamic perspective (Shah, Saeeda J.A.)
  6. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths (Sim, Chow Yen Desmond)
  7. Authenticity in ELT Task Design: A Case Study of an ESP Project-Based Learning Module (Choi, Lai Kun)
  8. A cross-cultural study of predictors of self-handicapping in university students (Pulford, Briony D. et al)
  9. Optimal Number of Response Categories in Rating Scales: Reliability, Validity, Discriminating Power, and Respondent Preferences (Preston, Carolyn C. et al)
  10. Thomas C. Schelling’s psychological decision theory: Introduction to a special issue (Colman, Andrew M.)

The same paper as last month tops the charts for April, and sets a new record high for accesses (1019 accesses!); clearly a hot topic for the moment. Overall this month there has been a rise in all the items appearing in the chart; even while as a whole access to the LRA were down this month. However, the Easter extended shutdown likely affected the levels. Countrywise the same top ten countries continue to show up as last month.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. Australia
  5. Canada
  6. Germany
  7. China
  8. Malaysia
  9. France
  10. Italy

In other news the LRA Annual report for 2010 is now available online for consultation.  One thing is very clear – this month’s top item scored almost as many accesses as last year’s annual top item.  It seems the use of research shared on the LRA just continues to rise month on month to new heights, which is a real credit to the LRA Administration team for making it possible!

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LRA Top Accesses for January 2011

Posted by gazjjohnson on 2 February, 2011

This month sees a notable improvement in access to the LRA, and a dramatic increase in the number of page views. Two things strike me as I look at the statistics this month. Firstly the top item is possibly the single highest individual monthly access since records began.

Chatting to the author and Prof Graham Shipley as I shared the good news it transpired that Prof Shipley shared the handle on the Classicist global mailing list, which accounts for the two peaks of access. The second thing I notice is the broad spread of items from all Colleges; especially heartening to see the strong interest in Arts, Humanities and Law based materials, which represent proportionally the smallest collection on the LRA. 

  1. Delos: Investigating the notion of privacy within the ancient Greek house (Burke, Samantha) (2381/8947)
  2. Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport (Pope, Stacey Elizabeth) (2381/8343)
  3. Design of Flight Controllers based on Simplified LPV model of a UAV (Gu, Da-Wei et al) (2381/3879)
  4. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al) (2381/309)
  5. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard) (2381/52)
  6. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500 (Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth) (2381/7964)
  7. Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course. (Colman, Andrew M.) (2381/537)
  8. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data (Garino, Gaia et al) (2381/4441)
  9. Aspects of speleogenesis in the Carboniferous limestone of North Derbyshire (Beck, John Salisbury) (2381/7561)
  10. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths (Sim, Chow Yen Desmond) (2381/7444)
  11. The molecular characterisation of narcissus latent virus and Maclura mosaic virus (Badge, Joanne Louise) (2381/8993)

It’s worth highlighting that the joint 10th item on the list is the 700th thesis added to the LRA, which was actually added at the request of Dr Jo Badge herself early in January via the EThOS scanning service.  As I celebrated this fact on the social networks, it’s perhaps little surprise that it has such a high level of access so early in its availability (although it could just be that Jo writes a good thesis!)

I should add, that if any of our local academics did their thesis at Leicester then we can arrange to have it digitised via the British Library’s EThOS service.  This is a limited time offer that may well expire come Sept this year, so get in touch with ethesis@le.ac.uk sooner rather than later!  The process takes between 10-30 days, and we will need the author to sign a consent form in order to allow us to progress the request.

A little change in the lower end of the top 10 countries of access is about all we see though in terms of the geographical spread of access.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. Germany
  5. Canada
  6. China
  7. France
  8. Malaysia
  9. Italy
  10. Australia

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LRA Top Research items at Leicester Dec 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 11 January, 2011

Happy new year, and welcome once again to the highlights from the Leicester Research Archive for the past month.

  1. (1st equal) Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport (Pope, Stacey Elizabeth Sociology Thesis)
  2. (1st equal) Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change (Sandell, Richard Museum Studies Article)
  3. The propagation of VHF and UHF radio waves over sea paths (Sim, Chow Yen Desmond Engineering Thesis)
  4. Ancient Egyptian astronomy: timekeeping and cosmography in the new kingdom (Symons, Sarah Mathematics Thesis)
  5. Visions of a new Jerusalem: predictive fiction in the Second World War (Hooley, Tristram English Thesis)
  6. (6th equal) Pedagogical models for podcasts in higher education (Edirisingha, Palitha et al BDRA Conference Paper)
  7. (6th equal) The costs of Activity-Based Management (Armstrong, Peter Management Article)
  8. Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course (Colman, Andrew M. Psychology Article)
  9. Measuring the efficiency of European airlines: an application of DEA and Tobit Analysis (Fethi, Meryem Duygun et al Management Report)
  10. (10th equal) Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care (Pitchforth, Emma et al Health Sciences Article)
  11. (10th equal) Thomas C. Schelling’s psychological decision theory: Introduction to a special issue (Colman, Andrew M Psychology Article)

A good mix and spread from across the university’s disciplines.  In terms of countries accessing the LRA, there were a few new surprises appearing in the top 10.

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. China
  5. Germany
  6. Canada
  7. Iran
  8. Italy
  9. Japan
  10. Taiwan

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Most used repository items for October 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 2 November, 2010

Here are the results of the most regularly accessed items in the LRA for the month of October.

  1. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change Sandell, Richard  (Article)
  2. Advanced control of photovoltaic converters Liu, Ying (Thesis)
  3. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care Pitchforth, Emma et al (Article)
  4. Female Fandom in an English ‘Sports City’: A sociological study of female spectating and consumption around sport Pope, Stacey Elizabeth (Thesis)
  5. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data Garino, Gaia et al (Report)
  6. Lead-free soldering alloys: microstructure optimization for electronic applications Belyakov, Sergey (Thesis)
  7. “There’s a coat peg with his name on it”: investigating the training implications to support the inclusion of pre-school children with special educational needs Harwood, Zoe  (Thesis)
  8. Profcasting: a pilot study and guidelines for integrating podcasts in a blended learning environment Edirisingha, Palitha et al (Article)
  9. Thomas C. Schelling’s psychological decision theory: Introduction to a special issue Colman, Andrew M. (Article)
  10. A Study of Solidification Structure Evolution during Investment Casting of Ni-based Superalloy for Aero-Engine Turbine Blades. Dai, Huijuan (Thesis)
  11. Teaching presentation skills to undergraduates: Students’ evaluations of a workshop course Colman, Andrew M. (Article) (10th equal)

Theses continue to be a richly accessed resource, but for the first time in a few months we’ve seen a lot of new items coming to the top of the heap; only three of this month’s top ten were in last month’s list.  In terms of countries of by levels of access, very little change – although the number 10 slot has changed for a new country this month (it was Malaysia last month).

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. India
  4. Australia
  5. Germany
  6. Canada
  7. China
  8. Italy
  9. France
  10. Iran

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Most used repository items for September 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 1 October, 2010

Here are the top 10 accessed items on the LRA in the past month

  1. Lead-free soldering alloys: microstructure optimization for electronic applications. Belyakov, Sergey  (Thesis)
  2. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500. Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth (Thesis)
  3. Advanced control of photovoltaic converters. Liu. Ying (Thesis)
  4. Thai celebrity culture and the Bangkok teenage audience.  Thapthiang, Nuwan (Thesis)
  5. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data Garino. Gaia et al (Report)
  6. Human Rights in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective on Violation and Resolution. Straw, David William Matthew (Thesis)
  7. Succinct DOM. Delpratt, O’Neil et al (Conference Paper)
  8. A Study of Solidification Structure Evolution during Investment Casting of Ni-based Superalloy for Aero-Engine Turbine Blades. Dai, Huijuan (Thesis)
  9. Electrofinishing of metals using eutectic based ionic liquids. Abbott, A.P. et al (Article)
  10. Effects of Long-Term High Temperature Exposure on the Microstructure of Haynes Alloy 230. Veverková, Jana (Thesis)

What is notable is the high proportion of theses getting a heady use on the repository – they are around 10% of the collection as a total, but unlike the 44% full-text items as a whole for the LRA, around 99.9% of theses on the repository are available in full text.  They’re also a unique research resource that is otherwise very much underused.  In contrast theses from Leicester on Ethos appear to be used around 1/10 as often, which is perhaps not a big surprise given the requirement to register before accessing any of their content.

Meanwhile the top countries accessing the LRA last month were as follows (no change from last month):

  1. UK
  2. USA
  3. India
  4. Australia
  5. Germany

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Most used repository items for August 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 8 September, 2010

Here are the top 10 accessed items on the LRA in the past month

  1. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data Garino. Gaia et al (Report)
  2. Advanced control of photovoltaic converters. Liu. Ying (Thesis)
  3. Lead-free soldering alloys: microstructure optimization for electronic applications. Belyakov, Sergey  (Thesis)
  4. Electrofinishing of metals using eutectic based ionic liquids. Abbott, A.P. et al (Article)
  5. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change. Sandell, Richard  (Article)
  6. Human Rights in Turkey: A Comparative Perspective on Violation and Resolution. Straw, David William Matthew (Thesis)
  7. Succinct DOM. Delpratt, O’Neil et al (Conference Paper)
  8. Writing up and presenting qualitative research in family planning and reproductive health care. Pitchforth, Emma (Article)
  9. A Study of Solidification Structure Evolution during Investment Casting of Ni-based Superalloy for Aero-Engine Turbine Blades. Dai, Huijuan (Thesis)
  10. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500. Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth (Thesis)

Once again all the entries in this list are full text resources, and given that the LRA recently achieved a 44% Full-text content this is perhaps less surprising.  The top countries accessing the LRA last month were as follows:

  1. UK
  2. USA
  3. India
  4. Australia
  5. Germany

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LRA Top 10 Items: July 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 2 August, 2010

Here are the top 10 accessed items on the LRA in the past month

  1. Antisocial personality disorder: An evolutionary game theory analysis. Colman, Andrew M. et al (Article)
  2. The Impact of Labour Turnover: Theory and Evidence from UK Micro-Data Garino. Gaia et al (Report)
  3. Advanced control of photovoltaic converters. Liu. Ying (Thesis)
  4. Lead-free soldering alloys: microstructure optimization for electronic applications. Belyakov, Sergey  (Thesis)
  5. Succinct DOM. Delpratt, O’Neil et al (Conference Paper)
  6. Electrofinishing of metals using eutectic based ionic liquids. Abbott, A.P. et al (Article)
  7. A Study of Solidification Structure Evolution during Investment Casting of Ni-based Superalloy for Aero-Engine Turbine Blades. Dai, Huijuan (Thesis)
  8. Saint Christopher Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches, c.1250-c.1500. Pridgeon , Eleanor Elizabeth (Thesis)
  9. Measuring the outcomes and impact of learning in museums, archives and libraries: the Learning Impact Research Project end of project paper. Hooper-Greenhill, Eilean et al. (Report)
  10. Social inclusion, the museum and the dynamics of sectoral change. Sandell, Richard  (Article)

Interestingly once again all are full text, which given that the LRA is ~ 40% full text currently is by no means guaranteed.  However, it seems that our metadata tagging of metadata only items is helping searchers discriminate between bibliographic entries and those where they can actually read Leicester’s research.

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Webometrics July 2010

Posted by gazjjohnson on 7 July, 2010

The Webometrics scores are out for July 2010 and interestingly while the LRA has dropped down globally to 240th HEI-IR; we have remained at 16th in the UK.  Talking to some other repository managers it seems that this is something that’s happened to quite a few others – our national rankings unchanged, but globally slipping back a little.  I’d be interested to know which countries have done better than last time, if anyone’s got a spare bit of time to do some statistical analysis…

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