Understanding IR Impact: What do users do with our content?

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Like many institutions, the University of Montana’s institutional strategy includes a focus on the impact of faculty and student work. It is relatively easy to use quantitative data such as download counts, location information, and citations to help demonstrate the IR’s reach and impact; however, there are limits to using these numbers, especially when attempting to understand impact outside an academic context. Could knowing more about how or why users use IR content address our own curiosity, help us understand the IR’s impact more completely, and help us contextualize and describe its impact more effectively than we can by reporting quantitative data alone? In April 2018 we added a link to the cover pages that are included with most of the downloadable items in our IR. The link directs users to a form where they can tell us how access to the IR item benefitted them. To date, we have received just over 200 responses. While we now know more about the wide range of uses of our IR content, we are still determining if/how to utilize this information to help demonstrate impact. Our initial evaluation has raised a host of new, useful questions that will inform next steps.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2021
EventOpen Repositories 2021: The 16th International Conference on Open Repositories - Virtual
Duration: Jun 7 2021Jun 10 2021


ConferenceOpen Repositories 2021
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