Friday, 22 May 2009

Chapter 4: Blog Searching

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  1. Q : I have no idea about relation between blog searching and webometrics. can you explian the true about that, pleas.
    mr.mahmoud shrief, assistant lecturer
    - library and information science, (Egypt). my phd project in: webometrics.

  2. This is a good question and thank you for reading the book!

    A: The reason why blog methods are included is because I have widened and changed the definition of Webometrics in the book. At the end of Chapter 1, the new definition is: "the study of web-based content with primarily quantitative methods for social science research goals and using techniques that are not specific to one field of study". The blog graphing and analysis techniques fit this definition although they have not been part of webometrics for very long. The blog methods can be used in many social science studies, are quantitative (counting blog posts over time) and blogs are part of the web so the above definition matches.
    It is true that the former definition of Webometrics (which you may prefer to the one in the book, of course) would not include the blog methods because they are not closely related to any existing bibliometric techniques that I know of.

    Best wishes,

  3. The web site used in the book closed down in January 2012. is a good replacement, but was slow when I tried it and only covers 3 months, instead of 6 months. Also, gives a simple trend graph.

  4. Topsy Analytics gives similar graphs covering one month and seems to be the best resource for trend graphs from social media at the moment. Thanks to Kim Holmberg for pointing this out"