Researchers are increasingly using “alternative” (non-publisher) platforms to store, access and share literature, e.g. via:
Use of content on these platforms is by researchers who also have access to the same content via institutional subscription agreements. However, publishers are unable to report this use in their COUNTER-compliant reports, because it does not occur on their own platforms. This means:
The Distributed Usage Logging collaboration is an R&D experimental initiative between COUNTER, Crossref members, and scholarly technology & service providers. This initiative, driven by the DUL working group, is exploring how to provide a private peer-to-peer channel for the secure exchange and processing of COUNTER-compliant private usage records from hosting platforms to publishers. All data provided back to the original publisher is anonymized, preserving individual user privacy.
The group is currently running a pilot to test out the technology against the technical use cases. At the moment, the following participants have have implemented:
If you’re interested in being a pilot partner, please contact Christine Buske.