Birmingham, Ala., – August 13, 2009 – EBSCO has developed an open source software development kit (SDK) for developing clients and servers for the Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI). The SDK will assist content providers in implementing SUSHI – a key requirement for being compliant with Release 3 of the COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) Code of Practice for Journals and Databases.
Oliver Pesch, EBSCO’s chief e-resource strategist and co-chair of the NISO SUSHI Standing Committee, said, "One of the goals of the committee is to facilitate adoption of the SUSHI standard – now a requirement for COUNTER compliance. EBSCO is pleased to be able to contribute this SDK."
The SDK includes .Net classes that will facilitate working with COUNTER 3.0 data and SUSHI 1.6 services. Whether the intended solution is a SUSHI client or server, these classes will provide the groundwork to allow developers to focus on the logic rather than implementing the standard. The SDK, which contains documentation, source code, a sample client, and a sample server can be found at: http://code.google.com/p/ebscosushisdk/
Says Pesch, "We recognize the important role usage data plays in the decision making process for the library community. Since SUSHI is such a pivotal technology for managing usage data, offering this SDK is our way of encouraging timely adoption of this standard by content providers." SUSHI will be an integral part of EBSCO’s Usage Consolidation module, a new service that is being added to ERM Essentials TM, the company’s e-resource management system.
Launched in March 2002, COUNTER (Counting Online Usage of Networked Electronic Resources) is an international initiative serving librarians, publishers and intermediaries by setting standards that facilitate the recording and reporting of online usage statistics in a consistent, credible and compatible way.
The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93-2007) defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports. For more information: http://www.niso.org/workrooms/sushi
EBSCO is the world’s premier full-service provider of information, offering a portfolio of services that spans the realm of print and electronic subscription access and management, research databases and more. The company’s e-resource renewal and management tools help librarians accomplish in hours what once took weeks. EBSCO is a long-time supporter of standards and an active participant in both SUSHI and COUNTER. For more information, please visit www.ebsco.com