[IRTalk] SUNScholar/Ranking - Libopedia - July 2016

Lazarus Matizirofa lazarus.matizirofa at nrf.ac.za
Thu Jul 28 13:02:38 SAST 2016

Lets take it if item handles were not changed, the repository position would have not been so affected by the new domain name. If new handles were assigned then the current ranking position is understandable. My problem for the changes will be if new handles were assigned how do you resolve item links on staff webpages, citations, etc.


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From: Wynand Van Der Walt <W.VanDerWalt at ru.ac.za>
Date:28/07/2016 12:17 (GMT+02:00)
To: Ina Smith <Ina at assaf.org.za>
Cc: Lazarus Matizirofa <lazarus.matizirofa at nrf.ac.za>, Hilton Gibson <hilton.gibson at gmail.com>, irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za
Subject: Re: [IRTalk] SUNScholar/Ranking - Libopedia - July 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to those institutions who feature on the list.

I do, however, feel compelled to respond to previous e-mails in order
to ensure that possible incorrect information do not create
unjustified impressions. I do not agree with the impact being assigned
to a change in repository software as the current repository software
used by UJ (and others) is fully open standards compliant in terms of
accessing information (harvesting protocols etc.). There are a
considerable number of sites on the ranking that can testify to the
fact that the specific application is compliant in terms of open
access (OA).

I would imagine that one of the possible reasons for a fall in the
ranking might be due to a change in a the domain name which would most
definitely impact on back-links etc. as per MajesticSEO and ahrefs
(the two databases feeding information to determine the visibility of
sites - a process which in itself takes time), as well as
re-harvesting on Google & Google Scholar (extraction processes).
During a change-over process a drop in ranking can be expected, but I
am more than certain that the January edition of the rankings will be
indicative of the true impact of repositories irrespective of software
applications used.



Quoting Ina Smith <Ina at assaf.org.za>:

> Dear Lazarus
> One can definitely see the impact of not using open standards/open
> sources software, which is part of the philosophy of open access. It
> had a huge impact on the UJ repository, which is unfortunate.
> Kind regards
> Ina
> From: Lazarus Matizirofa [mailto:lazarus.matizirofa at nrf.ac.za]
> Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2016 11:00 AM
> To: Ina Smith <Ina at assaf.org.za>; Hilton Gibson
> <hilton.gibson at gmail.com>; irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za
> Cc: barries at uj.ac.za
> Subject: Re: [IRTalk] SUNScholar/Ranking - Libopedia - July 2016
> Dear Colleagues
> Congratulations to SA's OA frontrunners, well done Hilton. I
> acknowledged your team's work at the NRF's Centres of Excellence
> Managers' Forum which was hosted at Stellenbosch yesterday.
> Something to note, UJ was number 6 or 7 last ranking. Its repository
> moved to another commercial OA platform suddenly it slipped to the
> 50s in the African repository rankings!
> Regards,
> Lazarus Matizirofa
> Knowledge Management Corporate
> National Research Foundation
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> From: Ina Smith <Ina at assaf.org.za<mailto:Ina at assaf.org.za>>
> Date:27/07/2016 21:34 (GMT+02:00)
> To: Hilton Gibson
> <hilton.gibson at gmail.com<mailto:hilton.gibson at gmail.com>>,
> irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>
> Subject: Re: [IRTalk] SUNScholar/Ranking - Libopedia - July 2016
> Dear Hilton
> Thank you so much for continuing to document the rankings so that it
> can be monitored. This helps quite a bit. Hopefully we can also do
> this for repositories all over Africa. It is of great help when
> trying to monitor own IR progress made, and to influence
> institutional strategy and policy. The visibility of research via
> the IR in the end contributes to the overall visibility of an
> individual university.
> Congratulations to Stellenbosch University – 85 is the highest rank
> an African repository achieved this far. This is out of a total
> number of 2 271 internationally. The number of African repositories
> have grown quite a bit, and more and more they appear among the SA
> repositories, which is great. Slowly but surely Africa’s lost
> science is shared with the world, and is starting to have an impact,
> for others to benefit.
> Kind regards
> Ina
> From: IRTalk [mailto:irtalk-bounces at lists.lib.sun.ac.za] On Behalf
> Of Hilton Gibson
> Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 4:16 PM
> To: irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:irtalk at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>;
> fabteam at lists.lib.sun.ac.za<mailto:fabteam at lists.lib.sun.ac.za>
> Subject: [IRTalk] SUNScholar/Ranking - Libopedia - July 2016
>> ​Hi All,
> The July 2016 Webometrics ratings have been released.
> See: http://repositories.webometrics.info/en/Ranking_africa
> And:
>> http://wiki.lib.sun.ac.za/index.php/SUNScholar/Ranking
> Well done to those who achieved or improved their ranking!​
> Cheers
> hg

Wynand van der Walt
Rhodes University Library
Head Librarian: Technical Services

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Lazarus Matizirofa
Team Leader: DCCM
Knowledge Management Corporate (KMC)
Tel: +27 12 481 4016
Email: lazarus.matizirofa at nrf.ac.za

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