How to Use this Toolkit

The TIDSR toolkit was first created in 2009 to present a framework and a set of best practices in measuring usage and impacts of digitised scholarly resources. It has since been updated in 2011 and again in 2013 through additional funding from JiscYou can read more about the project here.

The toolkit describes a variety of methods, both qualitative and quantitative, that can be adopted to measure the kinds of impacts your digital resources are having. By using a variety of methods in conjunction with each other, you are able to gain a fuller picture of the impacts of a digital resource. Some of the methods may be more appropriate to the analysis of a particular resource than others.

If you are an absolute beginner, you may like to start by browsing the case studies to get an idea of how people have used the toolkit in the past and which methods they have selected to obtain data relating to a particular impact area of their resource.  Once you have an idea of the kind of research you’d like to do, or the tools you’d like to use, you could read through each of the relevant methods, starting with the ‘what is’ guides, and moving on to working with the tools and methods.  We’ve also included bibliographies on each method where relevant publications are available.

If you have more experience, you may find it easier to simply navigate through the methods using the toolbar menu. 

You may also find useful to consult the FAQs page.

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