Given the current economic climate and likelihood of tightening funding, understanding the usage of e- resources is becoming increasingly important as it allows an institution to understand which resources they need to keep subscribing to, and those which they may wish to unsubscribe from - potentially resulting in real-world cost savings. This project will therefore build a software toolkit for reporting e- resource usage statistics (from Shibboleth IdPs and EZProxy) in a user-friendly manner suitable for non-technical staff.

Retrieval, Analysis, and Presentation Toolkit for usage of Online Resources (RAPTOR)

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Given the current economic climate and likelihood of tightening funding, understanding the usage of e- resources is becoming increasingly important as it allows an institution to understand which resources they need to keep subscribing to, and those which they may wish to unsubscribe from - potentially resulting in real-world cost savings. This project will therefore build a software toolkit for reporting e- resource usage statistics (from Shibboleth IdPs and EZProxy) in a user-friendly manner suitable for non-technical staff.

Aims and objectives

  • Understand institutional and national accounting and reporting requirements around statistics of e-resource access via Shibboleth and Ezproxy.
  • Build a free-to-use, open source software toolkit which aims to present statistical accounting information about e-resource usage to non-technical users, and makes basic aggregated usage information available to external organisations.
  • To implement the RAPTOR software toolkit through a process of a quickly developed initial release and subsequent regular updates during the lifetime of the project, through a group of around 8-10 pilot institutions, using their feedback regarding both bugs and desired features to inform the regular updates.

Project methodology

A small development team in Cardiff University and Kidderminster College will be managed by Graham Mason and lead by Rhys Smith. Input from various relevant parties at both institutions, a call to the community for input, and from a group of pilot institutions, will inform the requirements of the software. The team will conduct a process of initial software development then gradual improvement and feature enhancement over the life of the project.

Anticipated outputs and outcomes

  • RAPTOR software toolkit to enable Shibboleth and Ezproxy usage statistics analysis.
Technology / Standards used

All software developed will be licensed with an appropriate open source license and will use a standards based approach where possible.

Follow-on Funding

The project received a further 4 months funding from 01/07/2011 to 30/11/2011. The extension allowed the project to carry out further work, focusing on working with external partners to start the move towards standardization of various aspects of accounting, merging any code with them wherever possible, working the community of early adopters of RAPTOR, and updating RAPTOR based on the community’s feedback.

For further details please refer to the "Follow-on Funded" version of the Final Report.

Project Staff

Project Manager 
Project Leader 
  • Rhys Smith, Engineering Consultant: Identity & Access Management, Information Services, Cardiff University, 39-41 Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BB, +44 (0) 29 2087 0126 smith@cardiff.ac.uk
Project Team
  • Phil Smart, Cardiff University 
  • Dr Valerie Greer, Directory Services Engineer, Cardiff University 
  • Ed Beddows, ICT Development Team Leader 
  • Sue Stevens, Head of the Library Systems Development Unit, Cardiff University 
  • Lindsay Roberts, Medical Librarian, Cardiff University 
  • Paul Rock, Principal Consultant Engineer at Cardiff University 
  • Lee Paton, Web Systems Support Officer, Cardiff University 
  • Andrew McVay, Legal Compliance Officer, Cardiff University Information Services Directorate 
  • Steve Moore, Business Development Manager, Cardiff University

 

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Summary
Start date
1 January 2010
End date
31 March 2011
Funding programme
Access and Identity Management Programme
Project website
Lead institutions
Cardiff University
Partner institutions
Kidderminster College
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