RES: [SIGMETRICS] Query on usage research and logfiles

Fabio Gouveia fgouveia at FIOCRUZ.BR
Tue Dec 2 08:49:24 EST 2008

Dear Chris Armbruster,

I think that the main problem will be to compare logfiles from different
editorial manager softwares, if I do understand the issue you are planning
to research. Anyhow, as long as you filter the hit counts of other
structural files and keep your research on Rich Files (PDF versions), I
think this problem can be overcome. Hope this could be of any help.

Fabio C. Gouveia

Fábio Castro Gouveia, DSc.
Museum of Life - Fiocruz
fgouveia at
Areas of Interest: Science and Health Communication & Webometrics.

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De: ASIS&T Special Interest Group on Metrics
[mailto:SIGMETRICS at] Em nome de Armbruster, Chris Enviada
em: terça-feira, 2 de dezembro de 2008 10:09
Assunto: [SIGMETRICS] Query on usage research and logfiles

Some promising usage research based on logfiles of publishers,
repositories etc. has been going on.

I have two queries in respect of comparative usage research:
- If I want to compare usage across two or more repositories (or
publishers’ sites), how important is the uniformity of logfile formats or
production? If logfiles are configured differently, how difficult is it to
achieve comparable data?
- If I want to compare usage for a specific item across repositories and
publishers’ sites (i.e. a pre-print versus the published version): What
might be suitable procedures for doing so?

And a more general query:
Could specific logfile configurations make it problematic to understand
the source and nature of usage?


Chris Armbruster

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