News and ActivitiesLast updated: October 2013
COUNTER Travel Awards
In 2012, to mark our 10th Anniversary, COUNTER made four Travel Awards to enable younger information professionals who are employed either in academic libraries or in smaller, not-for-profit publishers, to attend important conferences that will contribute to their professional development, and for which they may not otherwise be able to obtain funding.
As one of COUNTER’s aims is to encourage publishers and librarians to work together internationally, we have decided to make a further two Awards, as follows:
Information professionals who are employed either in academic libraries or in smaller, not-for-profit publishers ( with total annual revenues less than $US5 million/£3.3 million) and who graduated from college or university, for the first time, with a Bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree no earlier than 2005, will be eligible to enter this competition for a COUNTER Travel Award.
Each Travel Award is worth £1,000 (approx.US$1,500)
The winners of the COUNTER Travel Awards will be decided by the COUNTER Executive Committee on the basis of submissions supported by the candidate’s Library Director or Senior Manager. These submissions must contain the following information:
The decision of the COUNTER Executive Committee will be final.
Submissions should be sent by email to COUNTER at: pshepherd@projectCounter.org
Submissions must be received by COUNTER before 17.00 hrs GMT on Thursday 31 October 2013.
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COUNTER is an active participant in research projects whose objectives are either to improve the quality of online usage statistics or to increase the relevance of usage data in the wider world of scholarly metrics. Below are listed research projects in which COUNTER is currently involved, together with links to further information on these projects.
PIRUS2: Publisher and Institutional Repository Usage Statistics
PIRUS 2, supported by JISC, the United Kingdom Joint Information Systems Committee, is a co-operative project involving publishers and repositories, which will develop a set of standards, protocols and processes to enable publishers, repositories and other organizations to generate and share authoritative, trustworthy usage statistics for the individual articles and other items that they host.
PIRUS 2 builds on the standards already established by COUNTER and on the results of the original PIRUS project, which demonstrated that it is technically feasible to create record and consolidate usage statistics for individual articles using data from repositories and publishers, despite the diversity of organizational and technical environments in which they operate.
The PIRUS2 project was completed in May 2011, and the full report is available here .
Articles and Presentations
Invitation to Institutions in Germany to become COUNTER Members
COUNTER would very much welcome new members from Germany. This letter is an invitation to membership, and highlights the benefits of being a member of COUNTER.Letter to institutions in Germany