Views and downloads

The section provides a step-by-step approach for repositories to share views and downloads. This work was done as part of the Make Data Count project. Repositories wanting to contribute and consume views and downloads should follow these steps.

  1. The counter code of practice

  2. Processing views and downloads

  3. Contributing views and downloads

  4. Consuming views and downloads

  5. Use case: California digital library

Read the usage stats guidelines to learn more about how DataCite search already displays information about usage stats.

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Dataset usage

The current standard used to compute usage is exclusively for dataset resources. In future there will be standards for other types of resources, which will likely be very similar to the one used for datasets.


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