Do any of you know of a resource/document/article that attempts to assess how much a range of different bioinformatics tools/data resources/databases are "used"?
I could, of course, estimate using e.g. Web of Science to count the citations of a set of articles (e.g. those matching "bioinformatics tool" or "database" in the title; or all those in the NAR database and/or webserver issue). But I was wondering whether someone had already done something like this, perhaps using a differnet metric than article citations, which has several problems (for example, how to deal with resources described in more than one publication, and the fact that tools could be heavily used but the articles not cited, etc.)
I'm asking, as several times recently, while writing, it might have been useful to write something like "we provide for our users XXXXX, one of the most accessed/cited/etc. bioinformatics tools" with either a reference, or some indication about how this assessment of most-accessed was obtained.
I'm aware that there are several issues that make this a tricky question (what is "bioinformatics"? what constitutes "use" of a resource? etc.), but I thought/hoped that maybe someone in the BioStar community might have wanted something like this, in which case, it'd be great to hear where they got it from/how they solved this problem.
Thanks and best wishes,
PS this is my first question to BioStar. Surprised to find that doing this makes me feel strangely nervous! :)