It has been nine months since the launch of the OpenUCT repository and almost three months since we handed it over to UCT Libraries. Since we poured our heart and soul into this project, we’re interested to see how the repository is faring, so we requested some statistics from the Libraries’ web developer, David de la Croes. What we found is heartening: the repository is thriving.
We were not terribly surprised by the repository’s success. In January, Sarah Goodier tweeted the following:
What this means is that we got it right in terms of how the repository was set up. It is openly accessible to the public and visible via Google Scholar. The repository is being linked to from a variety of other web sites and it contains a range of content that is being downloaded by people from all over the world.
This in itself is encouraging. But what the statistics provided by the Libraries prove is that CHED research output and teaching and learning materials are being viewed and downloaded, in some cases, multiple times. Really exciting is that CHED outputs feature in the top five most viewed items on the repository as a whole.
David reports that the figures are not 100% reliable, as in some cases, items have multiple components, and only the first is counted. However, if a little incomplete, they provide an good picture of downloads and views associated with each item on the repository since its launch.
Guidelines are popular
Overall, there have been 65606 views of items on the repository and 39980 downloads since its launch.
The third most downloaded item was another infographic about Creative Commons licences by Shihaam Donnelly, who used to be employed by CHED. This item drew 917 downloads.
In total, CHED featured 68 times in the top 100 most downloaded items in OpenUCT’s repository.
Let’s not forget research!
CHED research publications, such as article post- and preprints, feature 12 times in the top 100 most downloaded items on the repository. Here are 5 CHED publications that feature in the top 100 most downloaded items:
CHED research publications can also be found 18 times in the top 100 most viewed items. These items involve research on language and academic achievement, plagiarism, net-based learning, e-learning, facilitating adjustment to higher education, online visibility of academics, and quantitative literacy. Several CHED authors have more than one paper with high views and downloads.
Open access at work
We think these figures are very encouraging and a testament to the fact that open access works and is valuable for ensuring that our output is accessible to all. It is exciting that all types of CHED outputs are doing well: teaching and learning; research and popular resources. We’ll be keeping an eye on the repository stats in the future and hope to see further evidence of the success of CHED’s work.