38 DSpace Repositories in top 100 “Ranking Web of World Repositories”
Ithaca, NY A portion of the world’s digital knowledge is represented in the “Ranking Web of World Repositories” (http://repositories.webometrics.info/top400_rep.asp), an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab that provides an online ranking of the top 400 repositories in the world. Cybermetrics Lab is a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), a public research body in Spain. In 2006 of CSIC consisted of 126 centers and institutes distributed throughout Spain.
38 DSpace repositories are ranked among the top 100 spots, with DSpace@MIT at number 10 on the overall list, and 6 on the “institutional” list. The “Ranking Web of World Repositories” web site highlights institutional repositories with an additional IR-only ranking, and includes large subject respositories such as CiteseerX, Arxiv, and RepEc. National repositories, consisting of records coming from multiple institutions (HAL) are also in top positions.
The Cybermetrics Lab compiles the rankings in an effort to support Open Access to the world’s research using a methodology developed by the research group (http://repositories.webometrics.info/methodology_rep.html). The web site contains addtional information about best practices and other Cybermetrics Lab research projects.