Alma Analytics supports electronic resources management primarily through cost-per-use reports, Alma link resolver usage reports, expenditure, and electronic inventory data.
The reporting in Analytics is only as good as the data available in Alma. For the cost-per-use reports, in particular, Alma uses cost information stored in POLs and COUNTER report data. If you plan to use the Analytics functionality in Alma, it's important to keep COUNTER reports up to date across vendors and publishers and use the full functionality of acquisitions in Alma. Otherwise, generated reports will be skewed to only include the resources with COUNTER or acquisitions data available in Alma, or will include fields with empty or null values.
Especially for vendors that do not supply COUNTER-compliant usage data, the Alma link resolver data available in Analytics is a helpful alternative for measure usage.
Finally, please note that you'll need the role of Design Analytics to create new reports in Analytics.
The Electronic Cost Usage Dashboard in Alma Analytics offers a variety of cost-per-use reports and similar value-driven reports for publishers, platforms, and electronic resources.
Cost-per-use reports are available for one-time and continuing electronic collections and electronic portfolios as well as reports for funds, platforms, vendors, titles, LC and Dewey subject areas, and resource types with the lowest cost-per-use and therefore greatest perceived value.
To access these out of the box reports are available by navigating to the Catalog menu, Shared Folders, Alma, and Electronic Cost Usage Dashboard in Alma Analytics:
Alma Analytics offers a series of reports in the Usage via COUNTER Reports and Usage via COUNTER Reports - Release 5 dashboards, which display trends, most used, and least used resources, platforms, and publishers according to COUNTER R4 and COUNTER R5 data. These reports can be modified using the steps outlined below in the Basic Tips to Working with Reports in Alma Analytics box. The reports available for Release 5 COUNTER data are far fewer in number because Alma so recently became COUNTER Release 5 compliant.
The Usage via Alma Link Resolver dashboard provides a series of reports to analyze Alma link resolver usage.
The following reports in particular are helpful to measure value:
Tip #1: Always use the Save As function and save reports to My Folders:
Tip #2: Some reports are prepopulated to retrieve data for a particular date range. Follow these steps to modify the date range:
Tip #3: Many of the reports in Alma Analytics retrieve data from the past year or past three years. Follow these steps to modify the past years of covered data:
Tip #4: Edit the "top ten" reports to include more than the top 10 results by following these steps: