This was another productive year for the CORE team; our content providers have increased, along with our metadata and full text records. This makes CORE the world’s largest open access aggregator. More specifically, over the last 3 months CORE had more than 25 million users, tripling our usage compared to 2017. According to Alexa CORE is now the 5,448th most used website globally. (Alexa rank is calculated from a combination of daily visitors and page views on a website over a 3-month period.) To put this into perspective, this shows that CORE is by far one of the most used Open Access Infrastructure services globally and its usage is higher than that of many large institutions.
For the past six months we invested a lot of effort in migrating to a new infrastructure that is needed to support our usage and content growth. This has been a tremendous task and we more than tripled the processing and storage capacity of CORE. We are now in the final stages of this migration, which will be completed early next year and will increase the potential and stability of our systems and service.
In 2018 CORE has partnered with Naver Academic, South Korea’s number one research engine, offering CORE’s content to 42 million Naver users. We also started working with Proquest to make CORE’s content reachable within Ex Libris Primo and Ex Libris Summon library discovery services and have welcomed two new partners, the Open Science MOOC and Open Knowledge Maps.
Finally, the CORE Team wrote a letter to Santa asking for this year’s present.
Merry Christmas to everyone and a happy New Year!
* Note: Special thanks to Matteo Cancellieri for creating the graphics in this blog post.