University Web Presence Rankings

Posted on July 27, 2008  Comments (1)

The Webometrics Ranking of University Web Sites provides some interesting data. I don’t remember reading this last year, but they state on the site now: “The original aim of the Ranking was to promote Web publication, not to rank institutions. Supporting Open Access initiatives, electronic access to scientific publications and to other academic material are our primary targets.” I support those goals, I am not totally convinced this is the most effective measure to do that but it provides one way of ranking web presence of universities. I am not that convinced this does a good job of ranking the web presences of universities but I think it is of some interest so I decided to post on the results.

Related: 2007 Webometrics University RankingBest Research University Rankings (2007)Country H-index Rank for Science PublicationsUnderstanding the Evolution of Human Beings by Country

graph of universities web presence

Country % top 200

% top 500 % World Population Jiao Tong top 101
USA 53 37.8 4.6 54
Germany 7.5 9.4 1.3 6
United Kingdom 5.5 7.2 0.9 11
Canada 8.5 5 0.5 4
Australia 3 2.8 0.3 2
Italy 0.5 2.8 0.9 1
Japan 1.5 2.4 2 6
France 0.5 2.4 0.9 4
Netherlands 4 2.2 0.3 2
Sweden 3 2 0.1 4
Switzerland 2 1.6 0.1 3
Taiwan 0.5 1.6 0.4 0
Finland 0.5 1.4 0.1 1
China 0.5 1.2 20.1 0
Portugal 0 1.2 0.2 0

One Response to “University Web Presence Rankings”

  1. Anonymous
    July 28th, 2008 @ 7:01 am

    I can’t imagine China doesn’t rank higher. There are an lot of universities in China, and a lot of them publish on the web. Could it be that the web presence measured here leans very much to inter-site relations? I mean, the number of links from Chinese to English sites will be a lot bigger than the other way around. But this doesnt mean they are less ‘present’, it’s just that they’re more accesible to a larger public.

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