Repository Analytics & Metrics Portal

About RAMP

Montana State University, the Association of Research Libraries, the University of New Mexico, and OCLC Research have joined as partners to examine the difficulties that libraries face in producing accurate reports on the use of their digital repositories.

The Repository Analytics & Metrics Portal (RAMP) is a prototype web service that improves the accuracy of institutional repository (IR) analytics and provides IR managers with the following capabilities:

  1. Persistent access to accurate counts of file downloads from IR.
  2. Implementation with minimal training or configuration.
  3. The potential to aggregate IR metrics across organizations for consistent benchmarking and analysis.

RAMP is based upon the following publications.

  • OBrien, Patrick, Kenning Arlitsch, Leila Sterman, Jeff Mixter, Jonathan Wheeler, and Susan Borda. "Undercounting File Downloads from Institutional Repositories." Journal of Library Administration 56.7 (2016): 854-874.
  • OBrien, Patrick, Kenning Arlitsch, Jeff Mixter, Jonathan Wheeler, and Leila Sterman. "RAMP - The Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal: A prototype Web service that accurately counts item downloads from institutional repositories." Library Hi Tech 35.1 (2017).

The RAMP prototype service was developed by:

  • Patrick OBrien, Semantic Web Research Director, Montana State University, @sempob
  • Jeff Mixter, Software Engineer, OCLC Research, @jeffmixter
  • Jonathan Wheeler, Data Curation Librarian, University of New Mexico

Joining the Pilot

Please contact us via Email to schedule a discussion time concerning requirements and next steps. If you already have an account, feel free to click on the link below to access the RAMP prototype.

Access RAMP


RAMP is one of the products of a research grant titled "Measuring Up: Assessing Accuracy of Reported Use and Impact of Digital Repositories." It was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).