Developing Internet S&T Indicators for Science Policy and Decision-Making

Aguillo, Isidro F. and Pareja, Victor M. Developing Internet S&T Indicators for Science Policy and Decision-Making., 1998 . In 5th International Conference on Science and Technology Indicators, Hinxton, Cambridge (UK), 3-6 June 1998. (Unpublished) [Conference paper]


Download (404kB) | Preview

English abstract

A new procedure to obtain quantitative indicators of science and technology is presented. The indicators are derived from the presence of R&D institutions in the Internet. The explicit hypertext links (sitations =website citations) embedded in the institutions websites are considered as if they were traditional citations and treated in a similar way as ISI (Institute of Scientific Information) does with the bibliographic citations. Several indicators were obtained from a sample of 192 different websites representing the 76 Centres and Institutes with active presence in the World Wide Web out of a total of 109 that belong the Spanish National Council of Scientific Research (CSIC). Two combined methods were used to obtain the figures that describe quantitatively the websites: Agent mapping for extracting onsite values and search engines to evaluate external links. The indicators calculated were called density, an index of the relative number of links per site; endogamy designed to measure the relative weight of self-sitations and web impact factor, a visibility index taking into account the sitations received. The results show clearly that it is possible to obtain meaningful S&T Indicators from the presence in Internet of the R&D institutions. Some caution is recommended as larger samples are required to avoid “noise” and some important shortcomings of the current search engines.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: indicators, citation analysis, internet, sitations, cybermetrics, CSIC, endogamy, impact
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HQ. Web pages.
Depositing user: Isidro F. Aguillo
Date deposited: 21 Dec 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:05


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item