Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Counter Code of Practice Now Available

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

Counter Code of Practice Now Available

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COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources) has announced that the COUNTER Code of Practice is now available and can be downloaded at http://www.project counter.org. COUNTER is a multi-agency project whose objective is to develop a single, internationally accepted, extendible code of practice that will allow the usage of online information products and services to be measured more consistently. Member organizations include the Association of Research Libraries, the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, the National Information Standards Organization, and the American Association of Publishers.

COUNTER says that because librarians want to understand better how the information they buy from a variety of sources is being used, and publishers want to know how the information products they disseminate are being used, its Code of Practice meets these needs by setting international guidelines that govern the recording and exchange of online usage data.

According to the announcement, there will be only one valid version of the code at any given time, but different levels of compliance will be possible. Release 1 focuses on journals and databases. …

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