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The ease of access experienced with Open Access publications lacking any need for authentication, financial transactions or personal identification makes it much easier to achieve a satisfying level of reception in a scientific community. This and similar hypotheses can be investigated by empirical analysis.

  1. What data needs to be gathered?
  2. How can it be transferred to the statistics provider?

Open-Access-Statistics (OA-S) is a joint project addressing these questions. Starting in July 2008 an infrastructure for the standardised accumulation of heterogeneous web log data with an emphasis on institutional repositories will be built. In tight cooperation with the Network of Open Access Repositories (OA-N) various added value services will be made available to users.

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Project contact: Nils K. Windisch at


This OA-Statistik section is based on work conducted by the project partners Georg-August Universitaet Goettingen (State- and University Library), Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin  (Computer- and Mediaservice), Saarland University (Saarland University and State Library), and the University Stuttgart (University Library). Special thanks to Björn Middelsdorf, Saarland University and State Library.