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Wolverhampton Intellectual Repository and E-Theses > School of Technology > School of Computing and IT > Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group  > Evidence for the existence of geographic trends in university web site interlinking

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Title: Evidence for the existence of geographic trends in university web site interlinking
Authors: Thelwall, Mike
Citation: Journal of Documentation, 58(5): 563-574
Publisher: MCB UP Ltd
Issue Date: 2002
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/3138
Additional Links: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/00220410210441586
Abstract: The Web is an important medium for scholarly communication of various types, perhaps eventually to replace entirely some traditional mechanisms such as print journals. Yet the Web analogy of citations, hyperlinks, are much more varied in use and existing citation techniques are difficult to generalise to the new medium. In this context, one new challenging object of study is the modern multi-faceted, multi-genre, partly unregulated university Web site. This paper develops a methodology to analyse the patterns of interlinking between university Web sites and uses it to indicate that the degree of interlinking decreases with distance, at least in the UK. This is perhaps not in itself a surprising result, despite claims of a paradigm shift from the traditional virtual college towards collaboratories, but the methodology developed can also be used to refine existing Web link metrics to produce more powerful tools for comparing groups of sites.
Type: Article
Language: en
Description: Main article
Keywords: Webometrics
Weblinks
UK
Academic websites
Collaborative working
ISSN: 0022-0418
Appears in Collections: Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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