Create pinging map for SOAR home page

Project:RUcore Statistics
Component:User interface
Category:feature request
Status:Moved to JIRA

This request originated in the SOAR (design) Team back in 2013-14 but was tabled because we thought we lacked the critical mass in SOAR necessary to make it work well. In Fall 2015, I was contacted by Peggy Brennan, Associate Vice President, Economic Development in ORED, because Chris Molloy, Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development, had discovered the Google Analytics "pinging map" on the University of Vermont website (scroll to bottom of this page: <a href="" title=""></a>), wanted it on a Rutgers webpage, and asked Peggy to look into it. She called me and asked if it would be possible to do this on the SOAR page. We met, Chad did some work on it, looking at the download numbers, setting up Google Analytics to get the right data, etc., but it was still thought that we lacked critical mass. At that time, stats showed that daily downloads both directly from SOAR (probably about 10% of total downloads) and from all sources (including Google Scholar, etc.), were too low to make it work. On further investigation, it was determined that it's doable to create a map if we specify a date in the past and speed up the pings (although we would need to use a bubble plot, with bubbles getting bigger as downloads accrue). A bubble plot would address the fact that we don't capture city of download, only country. Cf. <a href="" title=""></a>

This would be a really great opportunity to make the Libraries and SOAR more visible to the Research Office, while demonstrating impact and reach of open access through SOAR. We would want to get back to the Research Office if this could be made available. Would be a nice one-year anniversary present for the OA Policy (Sept. 1, 2016)!



Status:active» Moved to JIRA

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