September 28, 2015
RePEc is all about the dissemination of its metadata on the economics research literature, and another means of dissemination has been added to its portfolio: an API (Application Programming Interface). This allows applications to interact directly with the content of RePEc without having to go through the sometimes tedious steps involved in collecting data from a decentralized database, which RePEc is.
As we have yet to learn how much demand there is and how it will load our servers, the use of the API is restricted at this point. We want to encourage data user to first use the traditional method to gather RePEc data, as described in this document, before applying for an API user code. Note that functionalities are getting added to the API as users demand, thus not everything is possible at this point.
September 6, 2015
As every year, August was a tranquil month. We counted 380,324 file downloads and 1,388,486 abstract views in the few RePEc services that report such statistics. We welcomed the following RePEc archives: Keio University (II), Yasar University, IPEK University, Research Foundation for Humanity, University of Newcastle. Finally, we reached the following milestones:
2500 NEP followers through Twitter
That’s it already!
August 28, 2015
Alexander Harin has been contributing to RePEc for many years and in many ways, including as editor of two NEP reports, NEP-ACC (Accounting and Auditing) and NEP-UPT (Utility Models and Prospect Theory). He is also an editor for the Munich Personal RePEc Archive, helping with the coverage of submissions in his native Russian as well as taking a heavy load with English manuscripts. His path to economics is rather unusual, having studied and published in physics before becoming an accountant. His wide interests then brought him to think about forecasting and decision theory, which lead hom to find ways to monitor the literature. The various RePEc services were perfect for that, and he decide to also volunteer in their development. You can, too.
August 3, 2015
Over the past month, we have welcomed the following institutions that now index their publications in RePEc: Instituto Brasileiro de Inovação Financeira, Society for Advanced Management Studies, Università di Cassino, Eastern Mediterranean University, Central Statistical Office of Poland, Universidad de los Andes (Colombia), Università de Salento. We have also counted 389,550 file downloads and 1,541,298 abstract views during last month. This is a rather quiet month in terms of traffic, yet plenty of material was added to our online bibliographies. Yet, somehow, we hit no milestone over the last 31 days. There be more in a month.
July 29, 2015
This is a guest post by Andreas Kempf.
This question is best answered with the STW Thesaurus for Economics, a domain-specific controlled vocabulary maintained by the ZBW German National Library of Economics, the world’s largest information centre for economic literature.
The same content could be described by different keywords. A controlled vocabulary serves to minimize this semantic ambiguity by grouping synonymous terms and defining preferred labels used for indexing. This way, it ensures consistency in the storage of the literature in a database and facilitates uniform access to documents that pertain to similar subject matter. Complementary to the JEL classification codes which allow for a disciplinary classification of a paper, a thesaurus aids a more fine-grained and poly-dimensional description of a document.
Developed in the mid-1990s and since then constantly updated according to the current terminology usage in the latest international economic research literature, the STW Thesaurus for Economics covers all sub-fields both in the economics as well as in business economics and business practice. To select subject headings from the STW, an autosuggest service is available.
You may also download STW Thesaurus for Economics here. To stay updated about any news concerning STW please register at stw-announce. To ask questions and to get in contact with other STW users please register at stw-user.
July 5, 2015
Last month saw a surge in newly participating RePEc archives. We have welcomed: European Trade Union Institute (ETUI), Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, International Scientific Publications, European Center for Science Education and Research, Risk Market Journals, Banco Central del Uruguay, “Dimitrie Cantemir” Christian University Bucharest, University of Tampere, University of Bath (II), St Kliment Ohridski University of Sofia, International Journal of Transport Economics, Fabrizio Serra Editore. We also counted 430,267 file downloads and 2,529,308 abstract views from the RePEc services that provide such statistics: EconPapers, IDEAS, NEP and Socionet. Keep in mind that other services use RePEc data without providing statistics.
And now to a few milestones we have reached over the last month:
4000000 cumulative book downloads
1800000 items listed
700000 articles with abstracts
500000 cumulative book downloads
2000 Twitter followers for NEP feeds
June 4, 2015
There is relatively little to report this month. For those RePEc services that report these statistics, we counted 506,746 file downloads and 1,920,829 abstract views. The new RePEc archives include one from Morocco, the 84th participating country: Korean Economic Association, US Department of the Treasury, Universidad de Costa Rica, OCP Policy Center, Université du Québec à Montréal (II), Inovatus Services, Texas A&M University. Waseda University, Sciedu Press. Finally, we reached the following milestones:
50,000 NEP reports compiled
12,500 links between blogs posts and RePEc works on EconAcademics.org