7 Network Stats

Network managers have access to analytics for the books and users on their network. These dynamic, interactive charts can give you greater insight into how Pressbooks is being used at your institution. Find your network’s Stats page by going to Stats from the left sidebar menu of your Network Admin dashboard.

Here, we’ll cover each of the visualizations we offer:

Users Over Time

Users over time chart

View the this first chart to see changes in the number of users on your network over time. By default, the chart displays the full timeline of your network, from the month of its creation to the most recent month. Lines representing total users, total subscribers, and total contributors on the network will show, charted according to growth or decrease over time.

Having this information can be helpful for any of the following cases:

  • Knowing how quickly your Pressbooks network is gaining users
  • Being able to demonstrate that usage of your Pressbooks network is increasing
  • Knowing what months people are most likely to register for a Pressbooks network, if you’ve enabled self-registration
  • Knowing roughly how many students at your university are using a Pressbooks textbook via LTI as a subscriber

Below are a few tips to get the most out of the Users Over Time chart.

Time Frames

Set a custom start and end date for the chart. If today is August 6, 2019 and you’d like to know what growth your network has seen in the last six months, for example, set the the start date to 2019-02 and the end date to 2019-08, then hit enter. The chart will resize to show you the data for the time frame you’ve chosen.

Six-month time frame for the Users Over Time chart

To reset the chart to its default time frame, click the Clear Filters button.

Selecting Specific Lines

By default this visualization will show you values over time for three data points: total users (a count of all users with accounts on your Pressbooks network), total subscribers (a count of all users whose highest role is that of subscriber), and total contributors (a count of all users who is a contributor or greater it at least one book). You can choose to hide or show any of these three values in this chart. To remove the line representing total contributors, for example, click the yellow label for Total Contributors that sits above the chart. The Total Contributors label will be crossed out, and the corresponding yellow line will disappear from the chart. If you only want to see Total Users, cross out all labels except the Total Users label. The chart will changes as you interact with the labels.

Only Total Users showing on the Users Over Time chart

Just click the label again to have it reappear on the chart.

Books Over Time

Books Over time chart

The Books Over Time chart provides you with a visualization of all the books on your network and how that number has changed over time. By default, chart displays all data from your initial network setup up until the present day. The different types of books measured include total books, cloned books, public books, and private books.

Having this data available as an easy-to-reference visualization can be helpful in any of the following cases:

  • Knowing what proportion of books are adaptations (clones) versus original works
  • Knowing what proportion of the books on the network are still in progress and not yet presented to the public
  • Being able to demonstrate the growth of your network’s usage over time

Below are some tips on how to get the most out of the Books Over Time chart.

Time Frames

This works the same as it does for the Users Over Time chart. Set a custom start and end date for the chart. If today is August 6, 2019 and you’d like to know what growth your network has seen in the last six months, for example, set the the start date to 2019-02 and the end date to 2019-08, then hit enter. The chart will resize to show you the data for the timeframe you’ve chosen.

Six-month time frame on Books Over Time chart

To reset the chart, click the Clear Filters button.

Selecting Specific Lines

By default this visualization will show you values over time for four data points: total books (a count of all the books which exist on your Pressbooks network), cloned books (a count of all books which were created via the Pressbooks cloning routine), public books (a count of all books whose global privacy status is set to public), and private books (a count of all books whose global privacy status is set to public). As with the Users Over Time chart, you can select which data you want to see. To remove a line, select its label above the chart. Any selected label will become crossed out, and its corresponding data will be removed from the chart. If, for example, you only wanted to see the number of public books on your network over time, you’d select and cross out the labels for private books, cloned books, and total books.

Books Over Time chart with public books only

To make a hidden set of values reappear, simply reselect the label from above the chart.

User Revisions Over Last

User Revisions Over Last chart

The User Revisions Over Last chart allows you to see which users on your network have been most active over a given time frame. You can choose to view results in any of the following periods of time: the past year, the past 3 months, the past month, or the past week.

By default, the chart will show revisions revisions from over the last year in descending order of quantity. You can change this time frame by clicking the buttons above the chart. Use the navigation arrows at the bottom of the chart to view subsequent results. Please note that certain actions, like cloning a book, will automatically produce a large number of revisions for a user because of how these changes are stored in the database. This means that you should not read the number of revisions made as an exact measure of discrete edits made by a given user.

You can click the red bar that represents the total number of a user’s revisions to be taken to that person’s User Info page.

This chart can be helpful in any of the following cases:

  • Seeing which users are working on active projects so that you can make offer them appropriate support and resources
  • Tracking which users associated with published projects are adding new content so that you know when new editions need to be exported and be made available to the public
  • Knowing who the Pressbooks “superusers” are at your institution

Network Storage

Network Storage chart

The Network Storage chart allows you to see the amount of storage space used on the network by books relative to each other.

Books which make up at least 1% of the total amount of your network’s current storage are represented in the tree map. The area of each block is proportional to its storage size relative to others books, meaning that the larger a block is in relation to other blocks, the more storage that book uses relative to those other blocks/books. Hover over a block on the chart to see that book’s title, total size, and the percentage of space it takes in proportion to other books on the network.

Click a block to be taken to that book’s media library, where you can view what images, videos, and other media have been added to the book.

This chart can be helpful in any of the following cases:

  • Checking larger books on the network to make sure that media is being uploaded responsibly
  • Getting an idea of the size of the average book on your network
  • Making comparisons between the average size of books from various disciplines or with a variety of exports

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