These pages are an archive of the PIRUS2 project, the predecessor of IRUS-UK, which started in Oct 2009 and successfully completed in Oct 2011.

About PIRUS2

Until now the most granular level at which COUNTER requires reporting of usage is at the individual journal level. Demand for usage statistics at the individual article level from users has, until recently, been low. This, combined with the unwieldiness of usage reports in an Excel environment, has meant that COUNTER has given a low priority to usage reports at the individual article level. A number of recent developments have, however, meant that it may now be appropriate to give a higher priority to developing a COUNTER standard for the recording, reporting and consolidation of usage statistics at the individual article level. Most important among these developments are:

Aims & Objectives

The aim of the PIRUS2 Project is 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.

In order to achieve this overall aim, the project has the following main objectives:

Project management

Mimas (University of Manchester) has overall responsibility for PIRUS2, while the day-to-day management will be handled by the Project Manager, based at Cranfield University. The other organizations represented on the project team are: COUNTER, CrossRef and Oxford University Press.

The members of the PIRUS2 project team are:

Timescale of the project

PIRUS2 commenced in October 2009 and ended in February 2011. The PIRUS2 Final Report was released in October 2011.

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