Dataset

Free Book Usage Data from the University of Huddersfield

Added By Infochimps

The University of Huddersfield released a major portion of their book circulation and recommendation data under an Open Data Commons/CC0 licence. In total, there’s data for over 80,000 titles derived from a pool of just under 3 million circulation transactions spanning a 13 year period.

The data they’ve released essentially comes in two big chunks:

1) Circulation Data

This breaks down the loans by year, by academic school, and by individual academic courses. This data will primarily be of interest to other academic libraries. UK academic libraries may be able to directly compare borrowing by matching up their courses against the University of Huddersfield’s (using the UCAS course codes).

2) Recommendation Data

This is the data which drives the “people who borrowed this, also borrowed…” suggestions in their OPAC. This data had previously been exposed as a web service with a non-commercial licence, but is now freely available for you to download. They’ve also included data about the number of times the suggested title was borrowed before, at the same time, or afterwards.