Malvern, PA (January 7, 2009) – Accessible Archives, Inc.©, a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases of 18th and 19th century American newspapers, periodicals and county histories, has announced that the company is now fully COUNTER compliant. This project was completed in conjunction with ISSEL, a British firm highly proficient in the implementation of COUNTER, and coordinated by Unlimited Priorities acting in a consultative role.
Dissemination of Accessible Archives’ COUNTER statistical data began January 2, 2009, with full data – including publication-specific information – accessible from December 1, 2008. Actual reporting begins with May 2008, but includes only activity data from that date until November 30, 2008. Once COUNTER requirements were fully understood Accessible Archives was able to begin collecting more complete and useful data.
As a premier source for colonial and early American information, Accessible Archives had been keenly aware of the increasing need for institutions to measure the value proposition of their purchased online content. After detailed deliberations the company turned to ISSEL and the COUNTER usage statistics standard as the solution. Established in 2002 by publishers, librarians and vendors, Project COUNTER provides a consistent, comparable and credible standard for counting and reporting usage of online resources. COUNTER has become the standard for usage statistics and is utilized each month by thousands of librarians. Full information on Project COUNTER may be found at: www.projectcounter.org
This project was coordinated by Unlimited Priorities, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industry. Unlimited Priorities analyzed Accessible Archives’ statistical reporting requirements, then exhaustively researched the market for companies providing this service, soliciting bids, negotiating terms and finally selecting ISSEL.
Reviewing Accessible Archives’ newest enhancement Tom Nagy, company COO, stated, “We are extremely proud to offer COUNTER compliant statistics to our subscribers. This is the latest in a string of exciting developments to provide a broader range of user capabilities, and we anticipate even more responses to customer needs as we continue to expand our offerings.”
Iris L, Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, added: “We found working with ISSEL very satisfying. Their in depth knowledge and training helped make the project a success. Becoming familiar with the COUNTER requirements and statistical web analytics potentials has been an interesting and rewarding experience, and has expanded our industry knowledge for future endeavours.”
About Accessible Archives Inc.
Founded in 1990, Accessible Archives utilizes computer technology to provide vast quantities of archived historical information previously available only in microformat. Diverse primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture have been assembled into comprehensive databases. Developed by dedicated instructors and students of Americana, these databases allow access to the rich store of materials from leading books and periodicals then current. Accessible Archives will continue to add titles covering important topics and time periods to assist scholars and students at all academic levels.
Founded in 1996, privately-owned ISSEL helps customers maximize their performance effectiveness through the use of web analytics and performance management technologies. Utilizing Marketwave HitList software, ISSEL uses these technologies to help clients align activities around key goals and strategic objectives, providing clear communication and collaboration and the operational reporting capabilities to allow the organization to move forward. Further information is available at www.issel.co.uk
About Unlimited Priorities
Unlimited Priorities is attuned to the management requirements of companies in the information industry. We provide executive level support services by utilizing a highly skilled group of professionals with abundant experience in sales, marketing, finance, operations, production, IT and training. Unlimited Priorities believes that sales and marketing effectiveness combined with operational excellence are the keys to successful market penetration and growth. By coordinating our talents with your team’s knowledge and experience, we can help you build your business and attain your goals in an efficient and cost effective manner.