Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (Csir - India) Institutes Website: A Webometric Analysis

By Jeyshankar, Dr R.; Nachiappan, Dr N. | Library Philosophy and Practice, December 2018 | Go to article overview

Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (Csir - India) Institutes Website: A Webometric Analysis


Jeyshankar, Dr R., Nachiappan, Dr N., Library Philosophy and Practice


1 Introduction

Web links are the fascinating object of study because of the implicit information that they contain: the premise that a page with many inlinks is likely to be useful to drives the search engine for retrieve the information. Ingwersen (1998) introduced the key link count metric, the Web Impact Factor, which has since been used in various guises to drive research into this phenomenon. The research institutions websites have been the most intensively studied and it is now known that aggregates of links to an institutions correlate with measures of its research output, once size is taken into account. Link analysis is performed in very diverse subjects, like computer science, information science and communication studies etc. This is importance of the web and to a widespread belief that hyperlinks between web pages can yield useful information. The different subjects have contributed all valuable insights into links and have exploited them for different purposes.

The information science, the potential for link analysis was recognised when the commercial search engine Altavista released an interface that allowed users to conduct various types of searches for pages containing self links, external links and inlinks. The term 'webometrics' was subsequently coined for the quantitative analysis of web - related phenomena, content analysis, including links, search engine performances and web technology analysis from an information science perspective.

2 CSIR: A Brief Note

The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR, 2010) is the name of the nationwide research platform consisting of a network of laboratories which spans the geographical dimensions of India. Its programmes which bridge various disciplines, address specific needs which arose in the process of social transformation in the post-colonial context and demands which our society faces in this period of globalization.

The CSIR was established in 1942 as a autonomous, non-profit organization with a wide ranging charter of functions. This multidisciplinary and multilocational council runs 41 laboratories and 80 field centres which carry out fundamental and applied research development such as Biological Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Engineering Sciences, Information Sciences and Physical Sciences. The functions assigned to CSIR were promotion, guidance and co-ordination of scientific and industrial research, collection and dissemination of information on research and industry, founding of laboratories to carry forward scientific and industrial research and utilization of the new knowledge so generated for development of industry. CSIR was also charged with other tasks such as rendering assistance to other institutions conducting research, awarding of fellowships and publishing of scientific journals.

CSIR publishes 15 primary scholarly science journals 10 bulletins on specific science area such as electro-chemistry, fuel science and technology, mining research, mechanical engineering, medicinal, aromatic plant sciences, Intellectual property rights and so on.

CSIR fosters symbiotic science and technology cooperation with its counterparts abroad through bilateral and multilateral co-operation and exchange programmes. It has science and technology collaborative agreements/arrangements with 30 agencies in 27 countries. CSIR has been continually striving to achieve these objectives leading to generation of new knowledge and new products, processes and technologies in diverse areas ranging from chemicals and drugs to materials and electronics; from safe drinking water and food technology to aerospace; from proenvironment protection and toxicology to petroleum processing. In the process, CSIR has grown to span a very wide science and technology base. It now has laboratories spread all over India.

The distribution of CSIR Research Institutes in India is given in the Table 1. Almost 19 Indian states have established CSIR research institutes. …

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