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September 14, 2017

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Putting Data at the Heart of Your Decision Making

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There’s a massive amount of information hiding in your organization’s untapped data. What if you could easily put that data to powerful, strategic use so that you can make better decisions?

In this post, we pose that question in the context of library resource management—a field defined by information if there ever was one! But before delving into the specifics of the unused data you could be sitting on, it might be helpful to step back and ask a few other questions first. For example:

  • What kinds of answers would you seek from data?
  • What library processes could you improve if you had better access to such data?
  • What metrics would be useful to you?
  • What sorts of problems would you like to solve?

In short, what are your goals? Are those goals concerned with making better business decisions? Lowering costs? Delivering better customer service? Elevating insights and trends in ways that can better inform R&D objectives and compliance activities?

Once we know what we’re after, we can turn to the task of transmuting your data into a form of knowledge in its own right: knowledge about knowledge. Librarians, of course, appreciate the tremendous importance of such “metaknowledge”—that it can be as important as the scientific knowledge it points to.

The good news is that there are ways of managing your organization’s institutional knowledge that can actually contribute to the efficiency and profitability all your functional operations—knowledge without which your organization is essentially flying blind.

To all these ends, Reprints Desk is dedicated to enabling the best access possible to the information that drives everything in your organization, from discovery to regulatory submissions, collaboration to compliance.

A key component in all this is the ability to provide the kinds of data analytics that ensure smooth, frictionless, and cost-effective access to vital information. Analytics that tap the data that underlies every content-related transaction that anyone, anywhere in your organization makes. Analytics that surface detailed consumption and usage patterns that you can use to make better budgeting decisions.

To augment these kinds of intelligence capabilities—and to further build out its scholarly ecosystem—Reprints Desk has partnered with RedLink, whose article subscription analytics and visualization tools help to better manage workflows and budgets. Working alongside Reprints Desk’s Article Galaxy platform, RedLink’s Library Dashboard provides a complete view of usage and turn-away statistics to help with collection decision-making. And RedLink’s Library Dashboard gathers data from publishers via existing system access and allows users to see cost-per-download stats, consumption trends, and denials via bundles, journals, ebooks, databases, publishers, and disciplines, in addition to more granular and customized views. 

The best and most rewarding part of all, though, is the new power these tools provide to turn your otherwise unused data into profitable action. If you presently lack this kind of data visibility, you really should see what you’re missing. Give us a call to learn more.

Topics: reprints desk article galaxy R&D knowledge management redlink knowledge