First of all: thanks for all your work so far! Even though numbers (downloads that is) don’t really matter to much to us, it’s always nice to get an impression of the “circulation” of an episode. However, there are 2 things I consider quite useful, at least from my perspective:
It would be so nice to have a link directly to the specific podcast episode either from the episode-specific analytics dashboard, or from the main analytics dashboard (that might be more inconvenient since the click on a certain episode opens the episode’s analytics dashboard). Why? Well, if you have episode dedicated to a bunch of topics you might not be able to remember what’s inside an episode just by looking at its name. So it would be nice to open the episode (website) from the analytics dashboard.
For our podcast(s) downloads is not overly important, it just gives us an impression on the “circulation” of a certain episode. Besides that the number of subscriptions would also provide an interesting detail. However, it would be way more interesting for us, if there would be some more qualitative information than quantitative. This is specifically the information from where links to a certain episode come from (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, websites, documents)? In the end we’re not only interested in getting an impression how many people (or clients) downloaded an episode, but:
- How many people have shared an episode?
- Did some discussion outside of the episodes comments arise?
- Did someone use an episode (or parts of it) in some kind of media outlet (again blogs, websites, documents, other podcasts etc.)?
This information centered around the idea of “inspiring discourse” with an episode (which we want to trigger in the end with podcasts like the Open Science Radio) is much more important for us than pure downloads.
From the world of scientific metrics such ideas and measures (altmetrics) do exist - and yes, they have their own flaws. Services such as Altmetric do try to tackle these aspects and visualize them in their “Donut”. In these cases the tracking is based on DOI of the document, I’m not sure if the URL of a podcast would be sufficient enough to do so. And yes, I am aware of the permanence problem of URLs at that point. I’m also not sure whether the episode’s GUID might be a better (if usable at all) artefact.
I know that it probably is more complicated that I think something like this would be. Just wanted to share my ideas/wishes with you.
Keep up the good work!