Data Usage Metrics WG


Group details

Secretariat Liaison: 
Lynn Yarmey
TAB Liaison: 
Sarah Ramdeen
WGs Getting started (~0-6 months after RDA endorsement)

Research data is increasingly recognized as an important output of scholarly research, however, there are not yet standardized or comprehensive research data metrics as there are with articles. While data citations standards are being constructed and gaining user adoption, there are not yet usage (views, downloads) metrics for data. In addition, data citations are currently not yet counted and aggregated into clear metrics, as it is done for articles.


The “Make Data Count” project hosted a Birds of a Feather at RDA Plenary 10 and recognized that many other groups are working in this space and interested in implementing a standardized set of data usage metrics. Lending expertise from various projects and research stakeholders, this WG, a part of the Publishing Data IG, aims to harness community buy-in of data usage metrics and drive widespread adoption.


The WG intends to be be broadly international in scope, and will actively recruit participants from all regions globally, including international initiatives (e.g.,. ANDS) and will be directing outreach globally through webinars, related conferences, and consistent communication. The WG recognizes that for data usage metrics to be adopted at a global scale, representatives from all global regions need to help shape the WG outcomes.

Recent Activity

04 Dec 2018

Call Notes & Next Steps: Dec 4, 2018

Thank you to those who were able to join our virtual meeting today. Notes are available here

We have decided that we would like to proceed with four different avenues of our work outputs that are listed in the notes and here:

  1. Overview of repositories and metrics that are implemented

    1. Count: nothing, custom, compliant with COUNTER

    2. Display: nothing, anonymized, full metrics

20 Nov 2018

Virtual Call: Dec 4, 2018

Hello all,

Thank you to those who were able to join us for a productive WG meeting at RDA12 last week. For those who were not able to join, we have compiled the notes, slides, and attendee list which are available here:

We have our next virtual call scheduled for December 4th, 2018 at 7am PST/3pm GMT.

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04 May 2018

RDA Data Usage Metrics WG Virtual Meeting: June, 2018

Thanks to all who joined our first session at RDA in Berlin. The WG leads got together and were able to synthesize down what we believe are deliverables and goals for this group, based on all of your conversations and feedback.
We invite you to join our first virtual meeting to talk about our deliverables and setting up a work plan.
Date: Monday, June 25th at 8am PST
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