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dataverse-metrics aggregates metrics from multiple Dataverse installations and visualizes them on a web page.

dataverse-metrics was designed to aggregate metrics across all installations of Dataverse around the world, but can also be configured for a single installation of Dataverse. It makes use of the Dataverse Metrics API that was added in Dataverse 4.9.


  • Python 2 or Python 3
  • Apache web server or similar
  • a web browser


Put code into place

Change to the parent directory for where you will install dataverse-metrics. /var/www/html is the default "DocumentRoot" for Apache on CentOS (defined in /etc/httpd/conf/httpd.conf) and is suggested as a place to install dataverse-metrics, but you are welcome to install it wherever you want and use any server you want.

cd /var/www/html

Clone the repo:

git clone

Change to the directory you just created by cloning the repo:

cd dataverse-metrics


Copy config.json.sample to config.json and edit the following values:

  • installations: An array of Dataverse installation URLs.
  • api_response_cache_dir: Fully qualified directory where JSON files representing API responses will be stored.
  • aggregate_output_dir: Fully qualified directory where TSV output files of aggregated metrics will be stored.
  • num_months_to_process: For monthly metrics, the number of months to go back in time to download metrics from each Dataverse installation.
  • month_filter_enabled: If you have num_months_to_process set high (e.g. 36 months) the dates will disappear from the bottom of the bar charts. Changing this boolean to true will make only even months appear and with fewer bars the dates will be visible.
  • endpoints: An array of Metrics API endpoints to process. Note that the two types are single (i.e. datasets/bySubject) and monthly (i.e. downloads/toMonth). (You will notice a third type called monthly_itemized in config.json.sample but it is not yet supported.)
  • blacklists: Arrays of terms to blacklist. Only the datasets/bySubject endpoint can have a blacklist.
  • colors: A single color for bar charts and a palette of colors for tree maps.
  • github_repos: An array of GitHub repos such as A line will be added per repo about the number of contributors.

Aggregating metrics

Now that your config.json file is ready, run the script to create a TSV file for each of the endpoints and a contributors.json file for the github_repos, all of which will be placed in the aggregate_output_dir directory:


(Please note that if you don't have Python 3 installed, Python 2 should work fine too but Python 3 is highly recommended because Python 2 will not be maintained past January 1, 2020 according to and PEP 373.)

Viewing the visualizations

Using the instructions above, index.html has been placed at /var/www/html/dataverse-metrics/index.html and should be available on your Apache server at

Adding additional installations

The list of Dataverse installations depends on all-dataverse-installations.json which can be updated with the following script as new installations are added to the map produced by dataverse-installations:


Updating Metrics

To update your metrics periodically, you'll want to queue up a shell script in some flavor of cron.

Here's an example shell script to get you started.

On a Red Hat or CentOS system, you might drop a file like update_metrics.cron into /etc/cron.d/ to update on a specified schedule.


We love contributors! Please see our Contributing Guide for ways you can help and check out the to do list below.

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Aggregate and visualize metrics for installations of Dataverse around the world





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