Access Flows to a Repository from Other Services
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In this paper, we analyze access logs of an institutional repository and show access flows to the repository. In addition to log files of the repository, we also use those of the linking system which connects the repository and the activity database of faculty members in the institution. We show that many accesses come from search engines, such as Google, and only few accesses from harvesters, such as OAIster. This fact leads us the tentative hypothesis that metadata of repositories does not work for searching items on them. In spite of that, this fact does not conclude that there does not exist other services from which many users go through to repositories. In fact, we reveal potential importance of external services with large page views. Such services play as a role of pathfinders to items on repositories.