"We use the Archives Hub as our only online searchable catalogue for our collections. Without it we could only offer PDF listings on our website, which would drastically diminish resource discovery" [HE archive]
"The Archives Hub has enabled the Library to put descriptions of its archive collections online for the first time ever. This is a hugely important step." [Specialist archive]
"Putting our collection descriptions on the Hub has definitely increased use of the archives we hold." [HE archive]
"Before using the Hub our enquiries were mostly associated with [those] that knew about the archive...[Now] we have been contacted by a different audience, undergraduates and researchers unaware of our holdings." [Research institute]
Taken from theArchives Hub Impact Survey 2014 (Word doc)
We reach a wide national and international audience
The total page views per month are consistently above 300,000 and often over 500,000 (with robots the figure averages 2-3 million).
We work to open up descriptions to different channels through our standardisation and normalisation processes, allowing the richness of UK collections to be signposted as widely as possible.
We are exposed to Google and other search engines, and much of the use of the Hub comes via these routes.
Archives Hub page views are typically between 300,000 and 700,000 every month, excluding recognised robots. ('Hits' are about six times greater than this but they do not provide a good indication of use.)
Statistics can vary quite widely, partly due to spiders and bots crawling the data. This is often genuine use, but can add significantly to the overall statistics. It is not easy to distinguish 'human use' from 'machine use'.
We run features to showcase content
We have been running monthly features for many years now, on a diverse range of subjects. Features provide a means to showcase archives, and they rank well in Google searches.
Our Features receive well over 120,000 views annually.
We disseminate our knowledge and experience through our Blog
We aim to make our blog a useful source of professional information. It is largely aimed at the archive and information professional community. We receive over 10,000 views of the blog per year.
We promote the service through Twitter
We have over 16,000 followers (Feb 2017) on Twitter. We aim to tweet at least once every day, and often respond to tweets from our followers, as we believe it is important to engage in dialogue.
We often provide stories for daily digest newsletters and believe that our Twitter presence helps to make us a part of the education, archives and cultural heritage communities.
We are on the European scene!
We contribute our descriptions to the Archives Portal Europe.
We increase the profile of the Hub through innovative projects
We are proud of our innovative work, and we believe that this is an essential part of keeping the Hub as a vibrant, current service that meets the needs of users.
We were joint partners in an AHRC funded project, Exploring British Design.
We have been involved in a Linked Data project, to explore the potential of this relatively new and exciting way to model and present data.