[eIFLoa] Fwd: institutional repository ranking and page rank
iryna.kuchma at eifl.net
Tue Jun 30 20:59:27 EEST 2009
explanation about the Webometrics ranking and its requirements
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From: Bram Luyten <bram at mire.be>
Date: 30 черв. 2009 11:44
Subject: Re: [Dspace-tech] institutional repository ranking and page rank
Every six months, the Webometrics ranking is being updated. The july edition
will come out soon.
It's important to stress the fact that this ranking is based on visibility
in search engines & counts the number of incoming links to your repository.
In order to measure these attributes, it's a prerequisite that your
repository has a unique URL, and is not a subdomain from another URL.
to give an example:
http://www.myuniversity.edu/dspace => NOT GOOD
http://dspace.myuniversity.edu => GOOD
To understand why, look at the type of queries in Yahoo, they use to get the
number of incoming links.
linkdomain:dspace.myuniversity.edu -site:dspace.myuniversity.edu (gives all
the links to the dspace, excluding those links coming from within the
Alternatively, you can use the Yahoo site explorer to find out more details
about your incoming links.
It's probably not a good idea to change your URL right now, for inclusion in
the ranking of July, but rather change it in the coming months, so you have
time to *ensure that people start linking to your new URL*.
If you are using hdl.net as reference url's to your items, you can ensure
that links to items stay persistent, even though you are changing the url of
Every edition of the webometrics rankings, the way they measure some
repositories can be tuned//affected. If your repository or institution is
affected, it might be wise to get into dialogue with Webometrics BEFORE the
updated ranking is published.
Often, traffic from URLS are being combined, or split up. Sometimes these
changes are positive for your ranking, sometimes they are negative. Note
that these changes might affect the repository ranking, the university
ranking, or both.
Affected institutions in July 2009 (SOURCE: http://internetlab.blogspot.com/)
• University of Helsinki.
• Imperial College
• University of Manchester
• Technical University of Munich
• Caltech & Jet Propulsion Laboratory
• Pennsylvania State University
• University of Trier
• Harvard Business School will be merged with Harvard University and the
former entry will be deleted.
• *Johns Hopkings*
• Cardiff University
• Universität Zurich
• Ludwig Maximilians Universität Munchen
• Technische Universität Dortmund.
• Barcelona, Autónoma de Barcelona and Politècnica de Catalunya.
• *universities de Strasbourg*
• Kansas State, Northeastern University, University of Illinois at
• Under consideration merging the Dutch University Hospitals with their
• The City College (CUNY)
• Lund Institute of Technology
• There a few universities with faculties having fully independent domains.
As there is central domain all these extra entries will be deleted but the
data will not combined. Currently this applies to University of Zagreb ,
Warsaw University and Universidad de la República (Uruguay).
The full explanation of the Webometrics methodology is available here:
More web-visibility best practices are available here:
If you require *in depth assistance* with changing your url's, configuring
your tomcat properly (for example, to remove the :8080 from your url),
setting up an hdl.net server for persistant url's, ... @mire offers
professional, on demand services in this area.
@mire - http://www.atmire.com
Technologielaan 9 - 3001 Heverlee - Belgium
533 2nd Street - Encinitas, CA 92024 - USA
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