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Title: Web link analysis of interrelationship between top ten African universities and world universities
Authors: Adekannbi, Janet
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Data for the exploratory study on web link analysis were extracted using the AltaVista search engine. A sample of 2395 links was selected using proportional-to-size sampling technique while individual link was selected using systematic sampling. The data were analysed using the frequency and percentage distributions. The results of the analyses showed that 73.7% of the links were from the Top Ten African Universities to the Top Ten World Universities; whereas these Ten African Universities received only 26.3% inlinks from the Top Ten World Universities. It was also found that most of the outlinks from the Top Ten African Universities were to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (27.3%) while the highest number of inlinks were from Stanford University (21.8%). The study concludes that African universities showed more interest in linking to the world class universities; a trend that was not reciprocated by the world universities. The low level of links received by the African universities was probably due to the fact that African universities in general have only recently embraced the many features of the World Wide Web. It is recommended that African universities should improve their presence on the web and incorporate ranking in their web relationship with other universities which should significantly be tailored to benefits that could be received from academic activities.
Page(s): 128-138
CC License:  CC Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India
ISSN: 0975-2404 (Online); 0972-5423 (Print)
Source:ALIS Vol.58(2) [June 2011]

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