The latest Usage Statistics for the KU Collections
Latest usage statistics for the KU Pilot Collection
Through the collective effort of libraries and publishers working together, download figures for the 28 books in the KU Pilot Collection have reached over 82,000 downloads which is an average of around 3,000 downloads per title (via OAPEN and The Internet Archive).
Current OAPEN reporting period (quarterly) for the Pilot Collection:
- 11 March 2014 – 31 December 2016
- Published titles in Collection: 28
- Total number of downloads via OAPEN: 72,350
- Mean average number of total downloads by book: 2,584
- Number of countries downloading KU titles via OAPEN: 184
Latest usage statistics for the KU Round 2 Collection
The Round 2 collection contains 78 books (75 have been unlatched so far) and these titles have reached just under 40,000 downloads. The average download per title (via OAPEN) is 503.
Current OAPEN reporting period (quarterly) for Round 2:
- 1 March 2016 – 31 December 2016
- Published titles in Collection: 75
- Total number of downloads via OAPEN: 37,691
- Mean average number of total downloads by book: 503
- Number of countries downloading KU titles via OAPEN: 168
The Internet Archive
All but one of the books in the KU Pilot Collection are available on Creative Commons Non-Commercial licences that allow for sharing with others, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes. This means that users have permission to share PDFs with each other directly via email or messenger. It also means that the books can be made available for download for platforms other than OAPEN and HathiTrust, which KU is partnering with directly. One book in the Pilot Collection is on a CC BY-ND licence which allows others to use commercially.
This approach to licencing is already helping to increase the reach of the KU Pilot Collection titles. Unglue.it has posted the majority of the books in the Pilot Collection to the Internet Archive, increasing their visibility and discoverability and helping to promote the KU project and the publishers that are engaging with it. KU uploaded the remaining few books to the Internet Archive recently.
The Internet Archive’s website does not indicate a starting date to their reporting period nor have all of the books in the Collection been uploaded yet. However, here are the statistics that we were able to obtain. These statistics are available for anyone to access.
Total downloads for the 28 Pilot books from the Internet Archive (16/01/17): 9,793
Average downloads per book: 350
In March 2014 Knowledge Unlatched started to unlatch books in its Pilot Collection, making them available to anyone in the world to read or download for free on Creative Commons licences. This was the culmination of a behind-the-scenes process of loading the titles onto our partner host platforms: OAPEN and HathiTrust. The books became live on the OAPEN platform first – followed soon after by HathiTrust. The final book in the Pilot Collection was published and made OA on 2 September 2014.
Unlatching for titles in the Round 2 collection commenced in March 2016. Currently, 75/78 titles have been unlatched as we wait for the last few to be published.
OAPEN uses COUNTER-compliant methodology to count each book download. The HathiTrust figures count views per page. The KU Pilot Collection and some Round 2 books have also been uploaded to the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive’s website does not indicate a starting date to their reporting period.
We are not currently reporting usage statistics from those publishers that have their own platforms and who are also hosting the OA versions themselves. You can view a list of Pilot Collection titles and download them via the KU collections website here.
Whilst we are pleased with the usage, we are aware of the issues that surround keeping track of open content. We have issued a white paper that examines the challenges. See KU Research for plans to produce more robust methodology and comprehensive information on usage of OA monographs.
The books can be accessed here.