By providing access to statistics through an open service IRUS data can support a range of activities, use cases and roles. Here are some examples of how IRUS can be used.
- Identify high use items for promotion, highlighting to researchers, or reporting
- Demonstrate the value of the repository to the institution and promote its use by being able to report overall usage figures
- View trends to evaluate the impact of events or activities (e.g. OA week)
- Benchmark usage of institution's repository against peer institutions to understand usage in the broader context
- Surface usage statistics in local systems using the IRUS API and widget
- Improve metadata management in your repository using IRUS metadata
- Assess the overall reach and visibility of researchers' work
- Demonstrate where the institutional repository is serving a broader audience by assessing which countries are accessing repository content
- Understand how repository content is being used and provide evidence support institutional planning and policy
IRUS is aiming to extend support for other roles such as researchers, funders, and policy makers through the development of future reports, features and functionality.