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Code of Practice: The defined industry standards for the processing, format and delivery of COUNTER reports. See for details.

Consortium: A coalition of institutions. The plural form of consortium is consortia.

COUNTER Release 2: The COUNTER standards dated August 2006.

COUNTER Release 3: The COUNTER standards dated Aug 2008, due for inclusion in August 2009.

Data Integration: The combination of separate data sources into one such as web log data and offline data.

Federated Search: The combined search of disparate search engines from one location which provides a grouped result set.

NISO: National Information Standards Organization -

Report Server: The machine that hosts and serves up the report content to users.

Session: One series of page views that a visitor makes to your site (aka visit).

SUSHI: "The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.93) defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework." –from NISO's SUSHI site at

TAGiQ: Our patent pending engine that creates a universal log file format from a small code placed on a website. This allows us to be one of the only companies to provide an SaaS solution for log files, page tagging and a hybrid of both.

Useragent: The browser and platform information of a visitor requesting information from your web server.

Web Log Data: The log file(s) that contains all of the visitor hits and requests from your web server for a specific time period. The standard format is called common log format.

XML: Extensible Markup Language.

For specific terms related to COUNTER reporting, see the the defined terms at