Toward a basic framework for webometrics

Authors

  • Lennart Björneborn,

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    1. Royal School of Library and Information Science
    • Department of Information Studies, Royal School of Library and Information Science, DK 2300 Copenhagen S–Denmark
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  • Peter Ingwersen

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    1. Royal School of Library and Information Science
    • Department of Information Studies, Royal School of Library and Information Science, DK 2300 Copenhagen S–Denmark
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Abstract

In this article, we define webometrics within the framework of informetric studies and bibliometrics, as belonging to library and information science, and as associated with cybermetrics as a generic subfield. We develop a consistent and detailed link typology and terminology and make explicit the distinction among different Web node levels when using the proposed conceptual framework. As a consequence, we propose a novel diagram notation to fully appreciate and investigate link structures between Web nodes in webometric analyses. We warn against taking the analogy between citation analyses and link analyses too far.

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