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Bibliometrics of the World Wide Web: An Exploratory Analysis of the Intellectual Structure of Cyberspace

Ray R. Larson

School of Information Management and Systems
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600


This exploratory study examines the explosive growth and the "bibliometrics" of the World Wide Web based on both analysis of over 30 gigabytes of web pages collected by the Inktomi "Web Crawler" and on the use of the DEC AltaVista search engine for cocitation analysis of a set of Earth Science related WWW sites. The statistical characteristics of web documents and their hypertext links are examined, along with examination of the characteristics of highly cited web documents.

Ray Larson
Mon Jul 29 09:00:12 PDT 1996