Usage Reports Overview: COUNTER 5

About COUNTER Release 5 on Social Explorer

Social Explorer now offers COUNTER Release 5 (R5) reports compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice. COUNTER 5 reports are available from October 2019 onward. 

The COUNTER R5 reports are available through the usage statistics service in the Social Explorer Admin panel and Social Explorer’s SUSHI service. You will require an account with administrative access to procure the COUNTER reports for your library/institution. If you already have an individual account with access to usage statistics, you are not required to create a new one for accessing COUNTER 5.

For more information on how to access COUNTER reports visit How can I see usage reports for my institution.

What is COUNTER?

Project COUNTER is a standardizing body that issues a Code of Practice for publishers and content providers to adhere to while counting usage of electronic resources. The code of practice ensures that libraries evaluate use in ways consistent across electronic resource platforms.

For more info visit: Friendly Guide to Release 5 for Librarians. This guide contains detailed information about report types, metrics, definitions, and other common questions. The information on this support page offers more explanations regarding what these metrics and definitions mean in the context of Social Explorer usage. Project COUNTER has also created a video series of Release 5 Foundation classes.

Report types available on Social Explorer

Following are the reports available from Social Explorer, with their corresponding definitions as provided by the COUNTER 5 Code of Practice:

Master Reports

Standard Views‚Äč

Key terms and metrics

Social Explorer is a database of maps and reports for current and historical socioeconomic and location-based data. We are not a standard type of resource. Hence, after consulting with COUNTER members, we arrived at the conclusion that Social Explorer Host_Type is a Full_Content_Database. That means usage is reported as Total_Item_Investigations/Requests with Data_Type Database.

Most of the key terms and definitions are available in the Friendly Guide to Release 5 for Librarians. See the table below for a description of how Social Explorer has implemented support for COUNTER 5 metrics.

How do we count unique items?

Each variable in map application or set of tables in reports application has a unique identifier and each geo level has a unique identifier, so combining them together gives us the content ID to treat as an item.

Reports event list

In reports application, each geo level is one item request.

Social Explorer user action COUNTER R5 metric

Opens report app

2 search_automated / search_platform and 1 search_regular / search_platform

Opens Geographies tab

no events

Changes geo level

search_regular / search_platform

Adding FIPS codes

search_regular / search_platform

Opens the Tables tab

no events

Selects specific tables

no events

Searches tables by keyword

search_regular / search_platform

Adds premade reports

no events

Show results

item_investigation / item request

Metadata and documentation view

item_investigation

Adding/removing already selected geos or tables from the list

no events

Adding new geo level or new tables in created report

item_investigation / item_request

Excel download

item_investigation / item_request

CSV download

item_investigation / item_request

SAS download

item_investigation / item_request

SPSS download

item_investigation / item_request

Opening of the saved report project

item_investigation / item_request

 

Maps event list 

In maps application, each geo level and the variable combination is one item request. For clarity, multivariable maps are treated as a single request.

Additional item_requests:  New layers of data (user-uploaded data or added layer from layer library); Change over time which provides new data such as percent change between two years.

Social Explorer user action COUNTER R5 metric

Change data – Category tab

search_regular / search_platform

Change data – All Data tab

search_automated / search_platform

Changes survey
(Change data – All Data tab)

search_automated / search_platform

Changes the dataset
(Change data – All Data tab)

search_automated / search_platform

Selects a table
(Change data – All Data tab)

search_regular / search_platform

Selects variable
(Change data – All Data tab) 

item_investigation / item_request

Change data – Search

no events

Search for a specific term
(Change data – Search)

search_regular / search_platform

Variables selected on the search modal
(Change data – Search)

item_investigation / item_request

Selects a variable
(Saved variables panel)

item_investigation / item_request

Selects multiple variables
(Change data – All Data tab)

item_investigation / item_request

Create a report from the map

item_investigation / item_request

Add a layer from layer library

item_investigation / item_request

Upload point data

item_investigation / item_request

Change over time

item_investigation / item_request

Click on Side by side map (2 map view)

no events

Click on Swipe map (2 map view)

no events

Opening of the saved map project

item_investigation / item request

Databox – More info icon

item_investigation

Mask map data

no events

Filter areas by criteria

no events

Turning layers on or off
(Map layers panel)

no events

Satellite view

no events