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EBSCO's Information Services Develops Free Tool toHelp with COUNTER R5Reports

By CIOReview | Wednesday, August 5, 2020

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has established a new resource that will ease the process of harvesting COUNTERR5 reports.

FREMONT, CA: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has established a new resource that will ease the process of harvesting COUNTER reports. The SUSHI Harvester for Multi-Site Libraries (the R5 Harvester) is known as the Microsoft Access tool that aims to assist small to medium-sized groups more easily and collects COUNTER reports for their associated libraries.

EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is the prominent discovery service provider for libraries worldwide, that has almost 11,000 discovery consumers in over 100 countries. EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) offers every institution with a large, single search box for its overall collection, providing unparalleled significant ranking quality and intensive customization. It is also the leading contributor of online research content for the library that contains hundreds of research databases, historical archives, and clinical decision devices that serve millions of end-users at tens of thousands of institutions.

The R5 Harvester was developed by an EBSCO development team, which was led by the company’s Chief Product Strategist Oliver Pesch who was engaged with COUNTER since its inception. According to Pesch, “The application allows consortia and other multi-library organizations to manage their R5 SUSHI credentials and automate the harvesting of COUNTER statistics. Usage reports retrieved via COUNTER_SUSHI, are saved to the local hard drive of the user either in COUNTER R5 tabular form or as a delimited text file suitable for loading into a database.”

Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice has fulfilled its objective of decreasing difficulty while enhancing the transparency and streamlining of usage reporting. The Director of COUNTER, Lorraine Estelle, stated that “feedback about the new COUNTER R5 release indicated that some library consortia needed to gather usage reports for their affiliated libraries, and EBSCO was able to provide the R5 Harvester. Library staff told us that they needed a tool to harvest usage reports more efficiently and EBSCO was able to create the R5 Harvester, an easy to use solution allowing multi-library organizations to gather usage reports for affiliated libraries.”