JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee)

IRUS-UK (Institutional Repository Usage Statistics UK) is a national aggregation service, which provides COUNTER-conformant usage statistics for all content downloaded from participating UK institutional repositories (IRs).

Evidence Base has been actively involved in the area of institutional repository usage statistics for a number of years, conducting evaluations, gathering user requirements and producing case studies. Evidence Base is also supporting the development of IRUSdataUK, which provides consistent usage statistics for research data.

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The service consolidates COUNTER-conformant statistics providing opportunities to demonstrate the value and impact of IRs.


  • Facilitates comparable, standards-based measurements
  • Provides an evidence base for repositories to develop policies and initiatives to help support their objectives
  • Provides consistent and comprehensive statistics, presenting opportunities for benchmarking at a national level
  • Developing a user community that will ensure that the service is responsive to user requirements