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.
Note: the Crossref Board has not approved resources for this project as yet. It is a proof of concept and the Board’s discussion will take place during 2019.
If you’re interested in being a pilot partner, please contact Christine Buske.