Link analysis home page
Part I: Theory
1. Introduction
2. Crawlers and search engines
3. Theoretical perspectives
4. Sampling & correlations
Part II: Web structure
5. Link structures in the web graph
6. Content structure of the web
Part III: Academic links
7. Universities – link types
8. Universities - link models
9. Universities - international
10. Departments and disciplines
11. Journals and articles
Part IV: Applications
12. Site design & search engines
13. Health check for universities
14. Personal home pages
15. Academic network analysis
16. Business web sites
Part V: Tools and techniques
17. Search engines & Archive
18. Personal crawlers
19. Data cleansing
20. Cybermetrics database
21. Embedded link analysis
22. Social network analysis
23. Network visualisation
24. Academic web indicators
Part VI: Summary
25. Summary & future directions
26. Glossary
Online Appendix
Ethical issues for crawlers

Reviews of this book

- follow-up book (2009):
Introduction to Webometrics


Part V: Tools and Techniques

24. Academic Link Indicators

The EU funded WISER project and see the links in the webindicators portal.

The TIOBE Programming Community Index is an interesting example of a simple search engine-based indicator for academic-related information. It uses monthly Google and Yahoo! based search engine searches to estimate the relative popularity of programming languages. This is not really an academic indicator, but is an academic-related indicator.

See Braintrack for links to university home pages around the world.


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Faba Perez, C., Guerrero Bote, V. P. & de Moya Anegón, F. (2004). Fundamentos y técnicas cibermetricas.

Hernandez-Borges, A.A., Macias-Cervi P., Gaspar Guadardo M.A., Torres-Álvarez de Arcaya, M.L., Ruiz-Rabaza, A. & Jiménez-Sosa, A. (1999). Can examination of WWW usage statistics and other indirect quality indicators help to distinguish the relative quality of medical web sites? Journal of Medical Internet Research, 1(1), e1.

Middleton, I., McConnell, M. & Davidson, G. (1999). Presenting a model for the structure and content of a university World Wide Web site, Journal of Information Science, 25(3), 219-227.

STI-ERA (2004). European Research Area - Science and Technology Indicators.