Analytics and Privacy

Using Matomo in EBSCO's Discovery Service


When selecting a web analytics tool, academic libraries have traditionally turned to Google Analytics for data collection to gain insights into the usage of their web properties. As the valuable field of data analytics continues to grow, concerns about user privacy rise as well, especially when discussing a technology giant like Google. In this article, the authors explore the feasibility of using Matomo, a free and open-source software application, for web analytics in their library’s discovery layer. Matomo is a web analytics platform designed around user-privacy assurances. This article details the installation process, makes comparisons between Matomo and Google Analytics, and describes how an open-source analytics platform works within a library-specific application, EBSCO’s Discovery Service.

Author Biographies

Denise FitzGerald Quintel, Middle Tennessee State University

Discovery Services Librarian and Assistant Professor

Robert Wilson, Middle Tennessee State University

Systems Librarian and Assistant Professor


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How to Cite
Quintel, D., & Wilson, R. (2020). Analytics and Privacy. Information Technology and Libraries, 39(3).