COUNTER Code of Practice

Data repositories and platform providers can now report usage metrics following common best practices and using a standard report format. If you are repository trying to make your data count, we recommend you to start your journey by reading Code of Practice for Research Data.

COUNTER and members of the Make Data Count team collaborated in publishing the Code of Practice for Research Data Usage Metrics. The Code of Practice for Research Data Usage provides a framework for comparable data by standardizing the generation and distribution of usage metrics for research data. The Code of Practice is a guide for:

  1. Logging
  2. Logs processing data at the repository level
  3. how to process logs into shareable reports.

Take a look at the webinar below to understand more about the Code of Practice.


It is important to be familiar with the CoP to understand the standard format for usage reports including:

  • the elements that should be included in each report
  • the options that must be provided to enable a consumer to access the reports
  • how to log transactions
  • the rules of logs processing and basics for harvesting reports

The next step is to work on the implementation. In the following sections there is more information about generating usage reports for a repository and sending them to DataCite:

Processing views and downloads
Contributing views and downloads
Consuming views and downloads


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