Cape Coral, FL (January 16, 2014) — Unlimited Priorities LLC®, a firm specializing in support for small and medium-size companies in the information and publishing industries, is coordinating the process of companies upgrading to COUNTER: Release 4 in conjunction with ISSEL, a British firm and vendor member of COUNTER. The COUNTER Code of Practice for e-Resources: Release 4 is an integrated Code of Practice covering journals, databases, books, reference works and multimedia content. Release 4 replaces both Release 3, incorporating journals and databases, and Release 1, encompassing books and reference works.
COUNTER provides an international extendible Code of Practice for e-Resources that allows the usage of online information products and services to be measured in a credible, consistent and compatible way using vendor-generated data. The changes in Release 4 are a combination of housekeeping to reflect the ongoing changing ways content is becoming available, synchronization of previous versions of the standard, and responses to user feedback reflecting an expanded familiarity working with COUNTER. Information on Project COUNTER is available at: www.projectcounter.org.
Colin Cooper, ISSEL Commercial Director, summarized aspects of the latest release: “Listening to feedback from users and reflecting the continually evolving way in which resources and scholarly matter are being used and presented online is vital to the continued vitality and relevance of standards. Version 4 of the COUNTER standard does just that and builds on the experience and feedback of those providing the reports and those using the reports to inform their decision making. The revised presentation format will help users gain greater value from their reporting and make their reports easier to use.”
Most recently Unlimited Priorities oversaw the move to full compliance with COUNTER: Release 4 by Accessible Archives, Inc®, an electronic publisher of full-text primary source historical databases. Unlimited Priorities’ original analysis of Accessible Archives’ statistical reporting requirements and exhaustive vendor research resulted in the previous selection of ISSEL to provide COUNTER compliance support.
Iris L. Hanney, Unlimited Priorities president, stated, “Upgrading to the new COUNTER will allow compliant companies to provide customers with easier to view reports and a more comprehensive and manageable view of both individual database and time-period usage. We are available to aid those companies who have not yet implemented all aspects of COUNTER, and we are proud to be of service to both of the involved companies and, ultimately, the library community.”
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