When I started as editor of the Isis Bibliography in 2002, one of the main goals I had was to find a way to get this valuable research data into the hands of more people from around the globe who simply didn’t have as many resources as we did in the United States and Western Europe. That was before open access had become a signature phrase of the digital revolution, so I was simply looking for ways to make the HSTM online database, hosted at that time by RLG, more inexpensive for scholars overseas.
Fourteen years later, IsisCB Explore seems to have achieved that goal. Today, as I was looking at the Google analytics for the site, I found the following heartening map. By showing the geographical distribution of visitors to the IsisCB according to city, I could suddenly see just how extraordinary the reach of this new resource was. The list below is what I came up with when I sorted so that the average number of page views per session was at the top. These are the people who presumably were most engaged with the service. In the top twenty, one finds the names of cities I don’t even know how to pronounce:
Mannheim (54 page views), Mogi Guacu (47), Eagan (41), Murcia (40), Sanda (40), Swansea (36), Laval (30), Bloomington (26), Royal Oak (26), West Lafayette (24), Ota (23), Walnut Cove (23), Greensboro (22), Astrakhan (22), New Haven (20), Bom Jardim (20), Florence (19), Stanford (19), Santa Lucia (17), and Otopeni (17).
You can see this table and another one with a slightly different list (cities with the longest duration of sessions) here. Many of these cities only had only one or two visitors, but they stayed a long time and looked at a lot of citations. I don’t know who these people are, but I can hope that this is good news for the rest of us. If we are lucky, this will bring a whole new set of people into our orbit to discuss our work and create new scholarship from very different perspectives.