The Distributed Usage Logging working group is the community group driving the Distributed Usage Logging project, an initiative between COUNTER, Crossref members, and scholarly technology & service providers. This group has been exploring how to provide a peer-to-peer channel for the secure exchange and processing of COUNTER-compliant private usage records from hosting platforms to publishers. This will allow members to capture usage across a distributed environment. All data provided back to the original publisher is anonymized, preserving individual user privacy.
The objectives of the Distributed Usage Logging working group is to address the following:
The DUL working group is currently testing the registration and discovery of logging end-point for a DOI, including token and message envelope that allows the transaction to be identified, tracked and audited. The working group includes a cross-section of reference manager and reading environment tools (Mendeley and Digital Science’s tools: ReadCube, Papers, and Dimensions) as well as a mix of publishers and platform providers (Elsevier, Springer Nature, De Gruyter, Pub Factory, APS, Wiley, ACS, Atypon).
At present moment, the following participants have have implemented the technology:
The group comprises some of our members as well as some third party platforms who are actively interested in participating in a secure exchange of usage records.
Chair: Esther Heuver, Elsevier
Facilitator: Kirsty Meddings, Crossref
Please contact Kirsty Meddings with any questions or to apply to join the working group.