[Irtalk] FW: [Web4lib] Ranking Web of Repositories: January 2010 edition
Smith, Ina <email@example.com>
ismith at sun.ac.za
Wed Jan 27 11:13:06 SAST 2010
Well done to those SA Universities who made the list!
From: web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org [mailto:web4lib-bounces at webjunction.org] On Behalf Of Isidro F. Aguillo
Sent: 27 January 2010 11:01
To: AMERICAN-SCIENTIST-OPEN-ACCESS-FORUM at LISTSERVER.SIGMAXI.ORG; SIGMETRICS at LISTSERV.UTK.EDU; Scientometrics, Informetrics and Cybermetrics; web4lib at webjunction.org; University and College Webmasters; openaire at di.uoa.gr
Subject: [Web4lib] Ranking Web of Repositories: January 2010 edition
The new edition of the Ranking Web of repositories
(http://repositories.webometrics.info) has just been published. The
records have been updated and now the Excel files (xls) are included in
the calculation of the number of documents deposited.
We have included some suggestions regarding the role of librarians in
the Open Access movement. Some of the current techniques are making
difficult the use of the repositories for citing purposes, so end users
(scientists, researchers, scholars)are not able to add and URL in their
bibliographic references. We publicly acknowledge the work done by
librarians worldwide but we would like to offer some suggestions to
improve the impact of the OAI:
-The institutional repository is a very important asset of the
institution as a whole, not only of the library. We recommend the
following syntax for the institutional repository web address:
-Collective catalogues are well suited for library purposes, but
although harvesters and consortium repositories may be very useful, they
should be considered always as secondary systems, mainly for purposes of
increasing visibility and searchability. Even for very small
institutions it is feasible to set up their own repository that is, as
mentioned before, the main research asset for the institution.
- Repositories consist of full text papers, not bibliographic records.
That means that the link to the full text file should be clearly marked
in the web page of each record. Some repository designs makes difficult
to locate such links.
- For scientists it is important that the link to the full text would be
easily citable. So it should be avoided the following situations:
Very long URLs.
URLs with nonsense characters that have no meaning. We suggest to
use, for example, the last name of the first author and the publication
File names without suffix indicating the type (.pdf, .doc, .ps, etc).
-All the scientific production, formal and informal, draft or
definitive, published or unpublished, should be available from a unique
Results show already well known patterns, as the large thematic
repositories still lead the ranking (CiteseerX, Arxiv, RepEc). National
repositories, consisting of records coming from different institutions
(HAL) are also in top positions.
Isidro F. Aguillo, HonPhD
CCHS - CSIC
Albasanz, 26-28, 3C1. 28037 Madrid. Spain
Ph. 91-602 2890. Fax: 91-602 2971
isidro.aguillo @ cchs.csic.es
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