Monday, August 22, 2011

Top TEN-10 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2011-2012

Top TEN-10 Webometrics Ranking of World Universities 2011-2012


The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, also known as Ranking Web of World Universities, is ranking system for the world's universities based on a composite indicator that takes into account both the volume of the Web contents (number of web pages and files) and the visibility and impact of these web publications according to the number of external inlinks (site citations) they received. The ranking is published by the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) located in Madrid.

The Webometrics University Ranking is a ranking system based on university web presence, visibility and web access, This ranking system measures how strongly a university is present in the web by its own web domain, sub-pages, rich files, scholarly articles etc. The central hypothesis of this approach is that web presence is a reliable indicator of the global performance and prestige of the universities and as such, is an indirect way to measure all the university missions (teaching, research, transfer). Although the Web is universally recognized as the one of the most relevant tools for scholarly communication, it is still very rare these indicators are used for the evaluation of the scientific research and the academic performance of universities. Webometric indicators are provided to show the commitment of the institutions to Web publication.

Top universities are publishing millions of pages produced by dozens of departments and services, hundreds of research teams and thousands of scholars. Strong web presence informs of a wide variety of factors that are clearly correlated with the global quality of the institution: Widespread availability of computer resources available, global internet literacy, policies promoting democracy and freedom of speech, competition for international visibility or support of open access initiatives, among others.

Top-10 Lists are below:

1 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2 Harvard University

3 Stanford University

4 University of California,Berkeley

5 Cornell University

6 University of Wisconsin

7 University of Michigan

8 University of Minnesota

9 University of Washington

10 University of Pennsylvania

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