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Aquatic Commons Statistics Online

FCLA has finished implementing the statistics module for the Eprints software.  Access to statistics are now available at the Usage Statistics ( link on the Aquatic Commons homepage.  You can view stats for the whole repository, or if interested, for individual items by entering their repository IDs.    For the first two months of 2009, the most downloaded file was
“Microbiological indicators of water quality in submerged karst caves of Wakulla Springs, Florida.”  (ID 760)
Issues of Aquaculture Asia have shown to be of continuing high interest.

Please try the functionalities of this page and let us know what you think.

Thanks to all contributors for your ongoing efforts.

From Stephanie Haas on behalf of the Board and all of the Working Groups

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Browse by Issuing Agency now available in Aquatic Commons

The Aquatic Commons repository is now browsable by Issuing Agency.   This recent enhancement was the direct result of contributors asking for the ability to pull up all of their contributions.  Browse by Issuing Agency is on the top menu bar of the Aquatic Commons pages.

In the Advanced Search, you can copy and paste the name of the agency into the Issuing Agency Field and then search by topics or other access points.  This provides full text searching to the entire document set from that agency.   Very helpful to your own agency researchers!

A note to contributors: please send the correct form of the agency name to Stephanie Haas [] for inclusion in the Authority List for Issuing Agencies. This field is sensitive to spacing and punctuation, and monitoring is ongoing.

Comments are most welcome!

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New interim Statistics page for Aquatic Commons

The Florida Center for Library Automation is working on implementing a statistics module for the Aquatic Commons Repository.   Until that is functional, I would like to share statistics on usage under Statistics links located on the Aquatic Commons page under the IAMSLIC homepage.  The first listing is for the top 50 titles accessed between July and September 2008.   As you will note, Aquaculture Asia is receiving a tremendous number of uses.

I will be adding statistics supplied from FCLA and other sources as they are discovered.   A Google Scholar update is on the way.

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FAO Sabbatical Update

My sabbatical project at FAO in Rome ends this week. Part of this project was to identify content for the Aquatic Commons. We contacted all regional fishery management organizations and several regional fishery bodies with information about the Commons and a letter from FAO advocating wider dissemination and preservation of fisheries and aquaculture grey literature via the Aquatic Commons. I’m happy to report that several regional organizations have already responded positively.

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission has decided to partner with IAMSLIC to include their publications. Several Cyamus members have agreed to collaborate on this project and Debra Losey is coordinating with IATTC. Another important component of this project is as a test case for regional group sponsorship of an agency wishing to deposit into the Aquatic Commons.

A development project hosted at the Network for Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific, the Support to Regional Aquatic Resources Management (STREAM) Initiative, has also agreed. As this project is no longer active, the rescue of STREAM publications documenting their work with aquaculture and poverty in Asia is especially satisfying.

There are a couple of other agencies engaged in preliminary discussions with Jean. She’ll keep you posted on future developments. We would also like to remind members that the Aquatic Commons Content Development Working Group is in need of additional members especially from Regional Groups outside North America.


Joan Parker

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FAO FishCode Programme supports Aquatic Commons Enhancements

The FAO FishCode Programme is raising awareness of AC and encouraging participation by developing country fisheries’ institutions.  Several developments have been requested that fall within the priority areas for FishCode support and the programme has agreed to fund the following enhancements to the Aquatic Commons functionality:

  • search, deposit and help screens in French and Spanish
  • developing the utility of the Issuing Agency field
  • development of offline and batch input

Final negotiations are being completed between the Programme and FCLA, and the work is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2009.

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“Soundings” newsletter now online back to 1980

With the permission of the Monterey Chapter of the American Cetacean Society, the Miller Library at Hopkins Marine Station scanned its print copies of the organizations Soundings newsletter to create a digital archive of searchable PDF files.  These files have been deposited into the Aquatic Commons digital archive and are available and fully searchable at the URL

One feature of this monthly newsletter is a section called “Sighting” which provides a record of marine mammals observed in Monterey Bay for the month.  Sightings are listed by date, time, and number of each species — a potentially useful data set.

While the library’s holdings were relatively complete, there were some missing issues.  Alan & Sheila Baldridge helped locate many of the missing issues, but there are still a few that were not found.  A list of the remaining gaps is below.  If anyone has one or more of these issues, the library would appreciate borrowing them in order to make digital copies to complete the archive.  Please contact Joe Wible at or 831-655-6228.

Seeking to borrow following issues of Soundings:
1981 – April
1985 – July
1987 – Nov
1988 – July, Aug, Oct
1989 – Jun, July, Aug, Oct
2002 – July

– Joe Wible
Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford Univeristy

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Aquatic Commons Policy Changes

Please note that the Aquatic Commons Board has recommended the following changes to the CONTENT SECTION of the policies.

The new policies  will be loaded at the IAMSLIC/Aquatic Commons homepage and will read:

3. Submittals to the repository must include the metadata and the digital object referenced.  Preferred file formats for the following digital objects include:

Text – pdf
Powerpoint – pdf
Images – jpeg
Video – mpeg
Audio – wav

4.  Text files are most likely to include:

a) Research papers (pre- and postprints)
b) Conference and workshop papers
c) Theses and dissertations
d) Unpublished reports, monographs, working papers, and technical reports
e) Books, chapters and sections

5.  Papers may include:

a) Non peer-reviewed (pre-prints)
b) Final peer-reviewed drafts (post-prints)
c) Published versions

6.  Principal languages for submission: initially, all western European languages.
Search interfaces will be English, French, Spanish, and German.

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Total unique IP addresses: 5, 787 visitors
Average # of pages used per visitor: 11.5
Average visit length: 11 minutes, 20 seconds

Subject Browses and Year Browses were used very heavily.  (Average of over 200 accesses each per day)

Over 99 % of the visits to the site were not referrals from a search engine this month, meaning most of the users did not search yahoo/google/etc. and then jump to the repository.

The most popular paper was Florida’s East Coast Inlets and it was downloaded 95 times.

Second most popular paper was Age Composition of Califronia barracuda, Sphyraena argentea; Pacific bonito, Sarda chiliensis; White seabass, Cynoscion nobilis…

Additional Downloads:

The benthic environment off Orange County Sanitation District’s ocean outfall no. 2 74 downloads

Pelagic shark/swordfish drift gill net fishery 66 downloads

Aquaculture Asia, Vol. 9, no. 2, pp.1-52, April-June 2004 62 downloads

Effects of live-bait shrimp tawling on seagrass beds and fish bycatch in Tampa Bay, Florida 61 downloads

Status of major southern California marine sport fish species with management recommendations 55 downloads

Entiendo, Evaluando y Solucionando los Problemas de Contaminacion de Luz en Playas de Anidamiento de Tortugas Marinas 51 downloads

Relative abundance and size composition of red sea urchin, Stronglyocentrotus franciscanus, populations along the Mendocino and Sonoma County coasts, 1989 51 downloads

Quality improvement and process feasibility of quick-frozen vacuum-packed tuna steaks 48 downloads

Impact of water hyacinth on socio-economic activities: Ondo State as a case study 42 downloads

Shark attacks off the california and Oregon coast: an update, 1980-84 41 downloads

Some issues of Aquaculture Asia were downloaded nearly 150 times per issue.

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Issuing Agency Field in Aquatic Commons


The intent of the Issuing Agency field is to provide branding to a record, in the sense of communities of DSpace.

As record reviewers have worked with depositors on legacy collections, many variations in agency names have become apparent.  The Issuing Agency field is most effectively used to cluster the publications of agencies that have had multiple name changes, have replaced older and now defunct organizations, and have items to include from  publishing efforts outside their own publication streams, e.g., researchers publishing in journals, etc.

Issuing Agency will often be different from the publisher.

This field is searchable in “Advanced Search” and can be used to place a dynamic search from AC onto your website to provide a constantly updated list of publications from your organisation and/or the Issuing Agency.  To create this link, do an advanced search with the appropriate name in the Issuing Agency field, then use that URL as a hyperlink off your own homepage to provide a real-time list of your publications.

Example: Florida Geological Survey
URL to include is:


Jean Collin’s comments on this issue in terms of contributions from developing countries:

The message that came from the African participants at the Workshop last year was that the Issuing Agency field is very important for their institutions to be able to ‘brand’ all of their?deposits – visibility for them is very important, especially being able to?point donors to something where they can easily extract results.


1. Check the Authority list for Issuing Agency on the IAMSLIC website to see if the agency is listed.  If it is, enter this information in your record as it appears on the list.

2. If your agency does not appear on the list, determine the most appropriate format for the name and send it via email to Stephanie Haas ( who will update the IAMSLIC website list as necessary.

3.  Please remember that the reviewers will not be adding Issuing Agency to records.

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Aquatic Commons repository hits 1,000+ deposits

The Aquatic Commons repository now contains more than 1,000 full text documents.  Latest additions include submittals from the Fisheries Society of Nigeria and the Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Unit.   FCLA is working on implementing a statistical reporting package and batch importing.  Additionally of note, Avano IAMSLIC’s official harvester created by IFREMER now has access to more than 134,000 full text items.

We need your help to create this global resource.  Join us by contributing resources, your efforts will be appreciated by all!

Submitted by Stephanie Haas on behalf of the Aquatic Commons Board and Working Groups

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