In the past few months we have seen a marked increase in the number of deposits in RADAR – and a big thank you to everyone who has deposited! In fact between March – May 2016, a total of 336 new research outputs have been made live in the repository.
What’s even better is that 42 % of the items that have been added to RADAR in the last few months have files attached, that are openly accessible to the public to view and download.
Interestingly, we have also noticed a huge spike in our download statistics, which can be seen in the chart below:
As you can see from the chart, the number of outputs whose attached files have been downloaded (not just viewed) has vastly increased: from 2,221 downloads in March, jumping to 7,500 in April, and up to over 12,000 in May! And we’ve had confirmation from our Jisc colleagues at IRUS (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics UK) that these download numbers look to be genuine – i.e. they have not been downloaded by robots, for example.
So why have RADAR’s downloads increased so much?
The truth is that we can’t be 100 % sure why there has been such a dramatic increase, but one possibility is that the recent addition of so many new items has attracted more users to RADAR, and has led to more items being downloaded. RADAR’s content also seems to be indexed better by search engines, and we can see that Google is where most of RADAR’s visitors are referred from. So RADAR – and your research outputs – are getting noticed!
Have you seen your own download statistics recently?
The RADAR statistics aren’t just about overall figures for the repository, they can also be filtered by author, and this is a good way to measure the usage of your outputs.
To check your own download statistics, click on the following link: http://radar.gsa.ac.uk/cgi/stats/report
Once on the statistics page (shown in the image above), you can begin to drill down to your stats. To view statistics for outputs that have been authored/created by you, click on ‘Filter Items’ and choose ‘Author’; you will then be able to scroll through a list of GSA authors and select your own name.
In the image below, you can see an example of statistics for items by Craig Mulholland:
You can also filter by date, if you are interested in your statistics over a certain period. In the image below, Craig’s download statistics can be seen for the period 1st-31st May 2016:
We’re really pleased to see RADAR helping to promote GSA authors’ research outputs to the wider world in this way, and hope that you will be able to take advantage of the RADAR statistics tool!
Dawn Pike, Research Information Co-ordinator