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Measuring reuse, 2017-18

From July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018, the IMLS-funded “Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects”  project conducted a formal needs assessment of the Digital Library community to determine desired functionality for a future reuse assessment toolkit. This toolkit, called D-CRAFT, will compile available resources, best practices, and use cases for studying the reuse of digital assets held by cultural heritage and research organizations.

This website provides information on the grant project, including project team members, advisory board members, and project deliverables.


The Digital Library Federation (DLF) Assessment Interest Group (AIG) Reuse Working Group developed this grant in response to the recommendations set forth in the DLF Assessment Group’s white paper, “Surveying the Landscape: Use and Usability Assessment of Digital Libraries.” This paper outlined the challenges institutions face in assessing digital repository content reuse, a key indicator of the impact and value of digital collection materials.

Traditional library analytics focus almost entirely on simple access statistics. These type of statistics do not provide a nuanced picture of how users utilize or transform unique materials from library-hosted digital collections. This lack of distinction, combined with a lack of standardized assessment approaches, makes it difficult for institutions to develop user-responsive collections.  Without standardized assessment it is difficult to highlight the value of these materials. This in turn presents significant challenges for developing the appropriate staffing, system infrastructure, and long-term funding models needed to support digital collections.

Grant funding

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services

Project deliverables

Final report

In September 2018 the project team released Setting a Foundation for Assessing Content Reuse: A White Paper From the Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects. (DOI 10.17605/OSF.IO/BQJVR).

This white paper

  • provides a broad overview of the Measuring Reuse project, including background information on the AIG
  • outlines the methods used by the project team and summarizes results
  • discusses potential next steps.

The permanent repository for all final project deliverables is the team’s Open Science Framework project repository, “Developing a Framework for Measuring Reuse of Digital Objects.”

Project proposal

Both the Preliminary Proposal and the Full Proposal are available on the IMLS website. (Please note, some information has been redacted from this version of the full proposal in order to protect personally identifying information.)

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