I find it difficult to gauge the impact of different JISC studies other than ancedotally and as an author of JISC-funded reports I often wonder what the take-up has been, so I was intrigued to see a brief new section in the latest Autumn 2008 issue 23 of JISC Inform devoted to the Top five publications…
I understand from colleagues this represents a snapshot of the top five monthly downloads when Inform went to print (i.e. October 2008). Downloads probably peak during the first few months of publication so I have added month of publication as an additional factor/caveat in to the rankings which were as follows:
Top five publications..
- What is Web 2.0? TechWatch report (March 2008)
- Great expectations of ICT: JISC briefing paper (June 2008)
- Keeping research data safe: Charles Beagrie report (May 2008)
- Shibboleth – connecting people and resources: JISC briefing paper (March 2006)
- Information behaviour of the researcher of the future (‘Google Generation report’): CIBER report (January 2008).
JISC is quite a large specialist publisher: there have been 28 JISC Reports and 24 JISC Briefing Papers published in 2008 alone so far, so there is stiff competition to get into the listings and I was chuffed to see Keeping Research Data Safe at No. 3.
It was even nicer to hear that the listings had a new Number 1 in November: the Digital Preservation Policies Study (October 2008) was the runaway no. 1 with over 2,500 downloads.
Christmas must have come early this year