SUSHI Usage Reports

This document will guide you through a brief overview of SUSHI. It will also show you how to connect to SUSHI reports for Gale Cengage Learning.

What is SUSHI?

The Standardized Usage Statistics Harvesting Initiative (SUSHI) Protocol standard defines an automated request and response model for the harvesting of electronic resource usage data utilizing a Web services framework. It is intended to replace the time-consuming user-mediated collection of usage data reports.

Essentially, SUSHI is COUNTER usage reports, delivered in XML format. The customer will need a client application to download an XML file that they load into their SUSHI Harvester.

If the customer does not have a client application available to them they can connect to the Gale client but will only generate Gale statistics
The customer will need the information below to connect through the client:

The output of this will be XML. The customer will typically have a SUSHI Harvester, which is an application they can import the resulting XML. The Harvester will convert the XML to a format that is understood by the user.

There are many different SUSHI harvesters out on the marketplace. If you perform a quick search through your favorite search engine you should quickly find many of them.

Since the customer is using a Harvester to aggregate their statistics from different vendors that all use the COUNTER standard they are able to get a report that shows stats from several different vendors in the same format.

More information on the SUSHI standard can be found at the NISO web site at