Scholarship@Western disseminates Western’s scholarly output worldwide; in the past year there have been nearly 850,000 downloads for S@W.
On the main page we have an embedded a map which shows what digital object is being downloaded and from where, in real time. I am always fascinated to watch it!
What I did one Sunday morning was to record that map, and then speed it up, so that you see, mapped, 2 hours worth of downloads in 35 seconds. http://works.bepress.com/joanne_paterson/7/
(I wish that I could lay claim to the idea, but I borrowed it from the IR manager at Purdue and went with it 🙂
Here is the result:
I think it shows the amazing potential of open access and how Western’s research is used around the world, the very crux of internationalization.