ProQuest Information and Learning has adopted the new international standard for online usage data covered by the COUNTER Code of Practice. ProQuest Information and Learning creates and publishes databases for libraries and educational institutions worldwide. Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is a UK-based international initiative that governs the recording and exchange of online usage data. It is designed to serve the needs of both librarians and publishers/aggregators by providing credible and consistent measurement of usage data across online resources. COUNTER will initially focus on journals and databases, types of content that have been available online for some time.
By signing the declaration of compliance, ProQuest has agreed to use the COUNTER code of practice (Release 1) for the recording and exchange of online usage data for databases provided to users on its flagship ProQuest platform and for the PCI and PCI-FT databases on its Chadwyck-Healey platform. ProQuest participated in the code's development. COUNTER is designed to help librarians compare usage statistics from different vendors, make better-informed purchasing decisions; and plan infrastructure more effectively. Publishers and intermediaries will be able to provide data to customers in a format they want, compare the relative usage of different delivery channels, aggregate data for a customer that is using multiple delivery channels, and learn more about genuine usage patterns.