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50&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;Applications for Bibliometric Research&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;in the Emerging Digital Libraries&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Sally Jo Cunningham&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Department of Computer Science&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;University of Waikato&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Hamilton, New Zealand&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;email: [email protected]&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Abstract: Large numbers of research documents have recently become available on&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the Internet through “digital libraries”, and these collections are seeing high levels of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;use by their related research communities. A secondary use for these document&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;repositories and indexes is as a platform for bibliometric research. We examine the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;extent to which the new digital libraries support conventional bibliometric analysis, and&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;discuss shortcomings in their current forms. Interestingly, these electronic text&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;archives also provide opportunities for new types of studies: generally the full text of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents are available for analysis, giving a finer grain of insight than abstract-only&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;online databases; these repositories often contain technical reports or pre-prints, the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;“grey literature” that has been previously unavailable for analysis; and document&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;“usage” can be measured irectly by recording user accesses, rather than studied&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;indirectly through document references.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;1. Introduction&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;In recent years a number of &amp;quot;digital libraries&amp;quot; have become available through the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Internet. While the technology promises in the future to support large, heterogenous&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;collections, at present the most widely used of the academically-focussed digital&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;libraries are generally repositories of one or two types of document (typically technical&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;reports, journal articles, pre-prints, or conference proceedings), grouped by discipline.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;A distinguishing characteristic of these digital libraries is that the full text of documents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;are often available for retrieval, as well as bibliographic records.The sciences are&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;represented much more heavily in the present crop of digital libraries than the social&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;sciences, arts, or humanities. They are maintained by professional societies,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;universities, research laboratories, and even private individuals. Access is generally&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;free, both to search and to download documents.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The emergence of these subject-specific digital libraries is particularly important&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;given the pattern of access to materials presently employed by research scientists.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Informal exchanges of preprints, reprints, and photocopies of papers passed on by&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;colleagues currently are major venues for the transmission of scientific information&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;between researchers in the sciences. In one study, the dependence on these sources&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;ranges from 12% (for chemistry) to 39% (for mathematics) of all papers cited in&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;researchers' own publications [11]. A qualitative study of study of how computer&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;scientists locate and retrieve documents (computing is one of the domains considered&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;later in this paper) indicates that for that field, technical reports and research documents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;found in various locations on the Internet are a preferred source of information [6].&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Many of the digital library systems discussed in this paper are repositories for just this&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;type of literature. The documents tend to be of high quality: primarily technical&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;reports or working papers from research institutions (both academic and commercial),&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;as well as advance copies of work accepted for publication in conventional paper&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;journals. Moreover, these digital libraries are also coming to include refereed work&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;published digitally (in electronic journals). Anecdotal evidence suggests that in their&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;fields, these digital libraries are coming to be the resource of choice for locating cutting&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;edge work.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;For specialized subjects such as high energy physics, this dependence on&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;informal or extra-library dissemination can be much higher. Ginsparg ([9], [10])&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;reports that fields in physics have traditionally relied heavily on preprint exchanges, and&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the digital repositories of physics preprints begun in 1991 (the PHYSICS E-PRINT&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;ARCHIVES) have to a large extent supplanted conventional publishing and physical&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;paper mailing of technical reports. By providing ready access to information sources&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;that are already preferentially utilized by scientists, the digital libraries show potential to&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;increase access to information that until recently was expensive or difficult to acquire in&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;paper form. Indeed, in some fields (most notably physics) this process has already&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;begun, as researchers in less developed countries report access to ongoing research&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;through the Internet repositories that their local libraries could not afford to acquire&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;through conventional journal subscriptions ([9], [10]).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The primary use for new bibliographic resources is, of course, for the contents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;of the documents involved. A secondary use for emerging resources is as a basis for&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliometric analysis of the subject field. With the conventionally published scientific&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;literature, the sheer difficulty of accumulating statistics discouraged bibliometric&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;research until the advent of large bibliographic databases in the 1960's. Computerized&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic databases sparked a significant increase in the number of large-scale&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic studies, as significant portions of the collection and analysis of data could&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;be automated ([12], [13]). The availability of CD-ROM versions of bibliographic&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;databases has been of particular importance, since they provide a cheaper alternative to&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the online commercial databases [3].&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;These computerized bibliographic resources have drawbacks, however. The&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;greatest is that the full text of documents are rarely available, and even abstracts are not&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;always present. This obviously limits the types of bibliometric research that can be&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;conducted solely through these databases. In addition, these databases are generally&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;limited to formally published documents (those appearing in selected books, journals,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;and conference proceedings). The &amp;quot;grey literature&amp;quot; of technical reports, pre-prints, and&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;other works not formally published are largely ignored, and it is this absence of easy&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;access to these documents that has hampered the analysis of these important forms of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;scientific communication.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The digital libraries currently in existence complement the online and CD-ROM&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic databases. They are best suited for examinations of the &amp;quot;physical&amp;quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;characteristics of documents (for example, document length), analysis based on&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic information that can be automatically extracted from the document text or&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the sometimes unevenly formatted bibliographic records (such as obsolescence&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;studies), and usage studies (geographic or institutional origin of users, date/time of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;access, individual patterns of document retrieval, etc.). Because references are present&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;in the document file but not identified by field, co-citation and bibliographic coupling&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;research is not well-supported, and conducting these studies requires considerable&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;effort on the part of the researcher.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The variety of bibliographic repositories in the available digital libraries in itself&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;has great potential in conducting bibliometric research. Sigogneau et al [15] present a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;case study illustrating the ways in which the strengths of different databases can be&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;played off each other; they conduct a fine-grained analysis of the emergence of research&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;fronts in molecular and cellular biology, and demonstrate that the observations gleaned&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;from two complementary bibliographic databases provide greater insight into their&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;problem. Similarly, it appears that the types of bibliographic data that can be gleaned&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;from the relatively unstructured digital libraries can be profitably combined with data&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;from online databases, CD-ROMS, and other more conventional bibliographic&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;resources.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This paper is organized as follows: Section 2 discusses the types of indexing&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;and searching available with current digital libraries; Section 3 gives examples of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;conventional bibliometric techniques applied to Internet-accessible archives; Section 4&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;discusses opportunities to directly measure usage of documents and to detect&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;information-seeking patterns in researchers; and Section 5 presents our conclusions.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;2. Indexing and searching in current digital libraries&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;At present, the types of indexing fields for most academically-oriented digital&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;library systems are limited. Many schemes index on user-supplied document&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;descriptions, abstracts, or similar document surrogates (for example, the PHYSICS E-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;PRINT ARCHIVE [10], a collection of physics pre-prints and technical reports). As will&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;be discussed below, the quality of this user-provided data can be highly variable, and&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;may unfavorably impact the usefulness of the index for searching. Alternatively, a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;designated site librarian may maintain a catalog (eg, the WATERS [14] system, now&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;subsumed by NCSTRL (http://www.ncstrl.org/ ), both primarily collections of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;computer science technical reports); in this case the quality of the bibliographic&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;information may be expedited to be higher, but fewer sites will be likely to support&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;such a librarian and therefore fewer documents are likely to be included in the digital&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;library. In a “harvesting” system such as the computer science technical report&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;collections supported by HARVEST [2] or the NEW ZEALAND DIGITAL LIBRARY&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;computer science technical report collection ([16], [17]), documents are indexed from&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;passive repositories (that may not even be aware that their documents are being&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;included in the digital library). Harvesting systems therefore cannot rely on the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;presence of bibliographic data of any sort.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Because of the relative paucity of high-quality bibliographic data available to&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;many of the current academically- or research-focussed digital library collections, their&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;search interfaces tend to be more primitive than those ordinarily found in online&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic databases or library catalogs. Systems such as NCSTRL an upport&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;author, title, and subject searching, but this more sophisticated search functionality&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;comes at the expense of requiring participating repositories to use specific software. As&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;a consequence, these latter systems may provide access to a small number of sites than&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;harvesting systems. Harvesters may access a broader range of providers, but at the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;penalty of being limited to unfielded, keyword searches over the raw text of the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;document or document surrogate.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Specifically, the indexing in existing digital libraries has a variety of shortcomings for&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliometric applications:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;• lack of fielded indexing: As noted above, some large and widely used digital&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;libraries (such as the computer science technical report collection of the NEW&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;ZEALAND DIGITAL LIBRARY) may lack formal cataloging entirely, and rely on&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;keyword searching over the raw document text. Obviously this makes field-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;dependent analysis more difficult (for example, locating documents produced by&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;specific authors), and in the worst case my require a manual examination of all&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;files in the collection in order to reliably identify a desired document subset.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;However, keyword search techniques that approximate fielded searching results&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;may suffice: for example in the NEW ZEALAND DIGITAL LIBRARY computer&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;science technical report collection, limiting the keyword search for “Johnson”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;to a search of first pages only is likely to retrieve documents written by Johnson&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(since for the majority of computer science technical reports, the first page&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;contains little more than author, title, date, and institution details).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;A more principled approach to extracting bibliographic information is embodied&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;in the CiteSeer tool [1]. This software parses raw, unfielded academic&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents and attempts to identify such indexing information as author, title,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;reference list, etc. Obviously such a tool cannot attain 100% accuracy over a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;heterogenous document collection, but in practice it appears useful in that it can&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;make a good first pass in processing a set of documents, providing an initial set&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;of parsed documents for analysis. The remaining (presumably much smaller) set&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;of unparsable documents can then be dealt with manually.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;• lack of consistency in field formatting: Current digital libraries usually acquire&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic information from either the authors of submitted articles or&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;automatic extraction routines (retrieving bibliographic details from catalog files&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;that may or may not be in a given document site, and that may or may not be in&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;an easily parsable form). Neither of these methods produce records with&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;standard formatting, which causes problems with automated bibliometric&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;analysis. Consider the following examples selected from entries in the hep-th&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(high energy physics) collection of the PHYSICS E-PRINT ARCHIVES:&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;(i) Authors: A. Yu. Alekseev, V. Schomerus&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(ii) Authors: Adel Bilal and Ian. I. Kogan&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(iii) Authors: Paul S. Aspinwall and David R. Morrison (with an appendix &lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;by Mark Gross)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(iv) Authors: A. H. Chamseddine and Herbi Dreiner (ETH-Zurich)&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;In this case, typical for existing digital libraries, there is no standardized format&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;for authors' names (here, appearing with full names, initials plus last name, and&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;a mixture of the two); no standard convention for separating author names&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(here, either a comma or &amp;quot;and&amp;quot; are used); and parenthetical information can&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;include a variety of information such as the name of an associate author or the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;institutional affiliations of an author. Manual processing or specially crafted&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;software would be required to reformat these fields for analysis.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;• duplicate entries: Digital libraries that draw documents from a variety of sources&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;may inadvertently contain duplicate items. Unfortunately, the irregular&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;formatting of the bibliographic information makes it difficult to automa ically&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;detect these duplicates.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;• implicit field tagging: In some repositories, items are not explicitly tagged with&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;certain types of information – most commonly the document's date of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;publication or production. Instead, the date is implicit in the document's title&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(eg, its numeration in a technical report series) or in the location of the document&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;in the file structure of the repository (eg, separate directories exist for each&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;year). A second common piece of implicit data is the authors’ institutional&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;affiliations. This may be contained in the document itself (typically on a cover&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;page), or may be implicit in the document’s location (for example, a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;corporation’s technical reports are stored in its ftp repository). Again, in these&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;cases special processing is required to append this field information to a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;document record for bibliometric analysis. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;• extraction of document text: Few of the documents stored in the research-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;oriented digital libraries discussed in this paper are straight ascii text; instead,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents may appear in a variety of file formats, such as LaTeX, PostScript,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;PDF, etc. If the contents of the documents are to be automatically processed&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(for example, to count the words in a document, or to extract reference&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;publication dates for an obsolescence study), then the text must be extracted.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Utilities are available to convert most common document formats to ascii.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;It is likely that many of these problems will be addressed as the Internet-based&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;document indexing systems mature. Even minor changes can greatly increase the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;useability of a bibliographic database for bibliometric research. For example, the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;addition of an explicit date tag to many online databases in 1975 sparked new&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;applications in time series research [3].&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;3. Opportunities for applications of bibliometric techniques&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;One type of bibliometric research concentrates on quantifying fundamental,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;structural details about a subject literature: how many items are published, how many&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;authors are publishing, over what time period documents are likely to be used, etc.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;More complex studies analyze the relationships between documents, such as how&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents cluster into subjects. The following examples give a flavour of the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliometric research that is possible using the emerging digital libraries:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;examining the “physical” characteristics of archived documents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;One relatively straightforward type of bibliometric study characterizes the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;formats of different literatures. For example, Figure 1 presents a the range of the size&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;of computer science technical reports as measured by their length in pages. Of the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;45,720 documents in the CSTR collection as of April 1998, nearly 1600 did not contain&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;page divisions in their files (and hence are excluded from analysis). Note that the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;number of pages in the shorter documents (&amp;lt;50 pages) falls into an approximately&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;normal distribution (slightly skewed to the left), while presumably the longer&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents represent Masters’ and Doctoral theses. A surprising number of documents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;are very short (between one and 5 pages); these may represent the type of condensed&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;results frequently found in the “technical notes”, “short papers”, and “poster sessions”&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;of computing conferences and journals. The average number of pages per document,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;27.5, appears to be slightly longer than the common upper bound for a computing&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;journal article, although this observation must be confirmed by a similar study of the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;lengths of formally published computing articles.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This type of analysis is of particular interest for technical reports, since they&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;have not been studied in the same detail as formally published papers. A comparison of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the physical characteristics of the formal and informal literature could provide&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;supporting evidence for common beliefs about the relationship between the two types&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;of documents. For example, do publishing constraints force journal and proceedings&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;articles to be shorter than technical reports, and therefore presumably omit technical&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;details of findings? Do technical reports contain more/less extensive reference sections?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;If reference sections of technical reports are longer than those of published articles, then&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;citation links are being ommitted in published works; if technical reports contain fewer&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;references, then this may confirm earlier indications that computer scientists tend to&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;“research first” and do literature surveys later [6].&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Figure 1. Range of sizes of CS technical reports, measured by number of pages&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;obsolescence studies.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;A document is considered obsolete when it is no longer referenced by the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;current literature. Typically, documents receive their greatest number and frequency of&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;citations immediately after publication, and the frequency of citation falls rapidly as time&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;passes. One technique for estimating the obsolescence rate of a body of literature– the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;synchronous method – is to find the median date in the references of the documents.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This median date is subtracted from the year of publication for the documents, yielding&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the median citation age. As would be expected, this median varies between the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;disciplines. Typically the social sciences and arts have a higher median citation age&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;than the “hard” sciences and engineering, indicating that documents obsolesce more&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;quickly for the latter fields.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;As noted in Section 2, references are not generally explicitly tagged in existing&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;digital repositories. However, reference dates can usually be extracted from the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;document text by first locating the reference section (usually delimited by a &amp;quot;references&amp;quot;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;or &amp;quot;bibliography&amp;quot; section heading), and then extracting all numbers in the appropriate&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;ranges for dates for the field under study.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;To illustrate this process, 188 technical reports were sampled from Internet-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;accessible repositories1 and used as source documents for a synchronous obsolescence&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;study. Conveniently, the repositories chosen organize technical reports into sub-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;directories by their date of publication. The reference dates for each technical report&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;were automatically extracted by software that scanned the document’s file for numbers&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;of the form 19XX, since previous studies indicate that few if any computing reports&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;reference documents published in previous centuries [5]. Table 1 presents the median&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;citation age calculated for these documents, broken down by repository and the year of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;publication for the source documents from which the reference dates were extracted:&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Table 1. Median citation ages for technical report repositories&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The median citation age ranges between 2 and 4 years, which is consistent with&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;previous examinations of computing and information systems literature ([5], [4]).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;When graphed, the distribution of reference dates show the exponential curve typically&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;found in obsolescence studies, including the final droop due to an “immediacy effect”&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;as fewer very new documents are available for citation [7]. These types of results&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;provide confirmation that references used in computer science technical reports (the pre-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;eminent “grey literature” of the computing field) conforms to the same patterns as&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;references found in the formally published literature.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;co-citation and bibliographic coupling studies&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The rate at which documents cite each other (co-citation) or cite the same&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents (bibliographic coupling) can be used to produce &amp;quot;maps&amp;quot; of a subject&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;literature. These techniques rely on analysis of the references of documents, and these&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;references must be in a common format. While digital libraries contain full text of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;documents, their references are not standardized, and indeed are not even tagged as&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;such. To perform these studies the references must be manually extracted and&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;processed–a tedious process that is only worthwhile for documents (such as technical&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;reports) that are not included in existing citation databases such as the Science Citation&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Index and Social Science Citation Index.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;detecting cycles or regularities in the rate of production of research&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Analysis of trends in the production of technical reports can give indications&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;about working conditions that affect research; for example, is more research produced&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;over the summer, when the teaching load is lighter? or is research steadily produced&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;throughout the year?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Figure 2. Distribution of the number of documents submitted to hep-th, 1992-1994&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Figures 2 and 3 present statistics on document accumulation in the hep-th (high&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;energy physics) e-print server, a part of the PHYSICS E-PRINT ARCHIVE. This system&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;is one of the oldest formal pre-print archives, and has become the primary means for&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;information dissemination in its field. Examination of these figures reveals several&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;trends. Clearly the absolute number of documents deposited in the repository has&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;tended to increase over the time period. For all three years, research production has its&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;lowest point in January and February, increases through May and June, then decreases&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;until August and September. At that point the rate of production steps up, reaching a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;yearly peak in November and December. This pattern is less clear for 1992, which&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;might be expected as the archive was established in mid-1991.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Figure 3. Distribution of the percentage of documents submitted to hep-th, 1992-1994&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;4. Analysis of usage data&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The emerging Internet-based digital libraries will permit research on scientific&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;information collection and use at a much finer grain than is possible with current paper&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;libraries or online bibliographic databases. Current bibliometric or scientometric&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;research of this type must measure information use indirectly – for example, through&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;examination of the list of references appended to published articles. However, it is well&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;known that authors do not necessarily include in the reference list all documents that&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;could have been cited, and conversely that not all references listed may have been&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;actually “used” in performing the research; citation behavior can be affected by a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;number of motivating factors (Garfield lists 15 po sible reasons in [8]).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Digital library transaction logs provide a powerful tool for direct analysis of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;document “usage”: since digital libraries contain the actual document (rather than only a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;document surrogate), the relative amount of “use” that a digital library’s clients make of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;a given document sees can be estimated from the number of times the document file is&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;downloaded (and, presumably, the document is read). Note that file downloading is a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;much stronger statement on the part of the user than, for example, having a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic record appear in the query result set for a conventional bibliographic&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;system; the user downloads only after the document has been found potentially relevant&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;through examination of its document surrogate. Additionally, downloading is&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;frequently time-consuming and sometimes costly (depending on local pricing for&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;Internet access). Downloaded documents are therefore highly likely at least to be&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;scanned, if not read closely. The transaction logs for a digital library can provide a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;global picture of the use of documents in the collection, since all user interactions with&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the library can be automatically logged for analysis. By contrast, it is of course&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;impossible to track usage of print bibliographies, and very difficult to monitor usage of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic data available on CD-ROM across more than one or two sites.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Furthermore, analysis of search requests by geographic location, institution,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;and sometimes even individual user are also possible. As an example, Table 2 presents&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;a portion of the summary of usage statistics (broken down by domain code) for queries&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;to the computer science technical collection of the NEW ZEALAND DIGITAL LIBRARY.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Examination of the data indicates that the heaviest use of the collection comes from&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;North America, Europe (particularly Germany and Finland), as well as the local New&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Zealand community and nearby Australia. As expected for such a collection, a large&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;proportion of users are from educational (.edu) institutions; surprisingly, however, a&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;similar number of queries come from commercial (.com) organizations, indicating&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;perhaps that the documents are seeing use in commercial research and development&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;units.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Table 2. Accesses to the NEW ZEALAND DIGITAL LIBRARY CS collection by Domain&lt;br /&gt;Code&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Of course, usage levels can also be further broken down by IP number&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(indicating institutions), and systems requiring users to register may also be able to&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;analyze usage on an individual basis. Since the query strings themselves are also&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;recorded in the transaction logs, this domain/institution/individual activity could also be&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;linked to specific subjects through the query terms. Summaries of this type could be&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;invaluable for studies of geographic diffusion and distribution of research topics.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Transaction log analysis can also indicate time-related patterns in the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;information seeking behavior of digital library users. As a sample of this type of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;analysis, Paul Ginsparg notes a seven day periodicity in the number of search requests&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt;made to the PHYSICS E-PRINT archives (Figure 4, reproduced from [9]). From this he&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;adduces that many physicists do not yet have weekend access to the Internet (an&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;alternative, slightly more cynical hypothesis is that even high energy theoretical&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;physicists take the weekend off).&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;Figure 4. Summary of search requests to the physics pre-print archives&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;5. Conclusion&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;This study suggests opportunities for conducting bibliometric research on the&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;evolving digital libraries. These repositories are suitable platforms for conventional&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliometric techniques (such as obsolescence studies, quantification of physical&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;characteristics of documents comprising a subject literature, time analysis, etc.). The&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;ability to directly monitor access to documents in digital libraries also enables&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;researchers to explicitly quantify document usage, as well as to implicitly measure&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;usage through citations. Additional facilities could aid in the performance of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;bibliographic experiments, such as: improved tagging of document fields; provision of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;utilities to strip out titles, authors, etc. from common document formats; and the ability&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;to easily eliminate duplicate entries from downloaded library subsets. Unfortunately,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;the most useful of these additional facilities – those associated with a higher degree of&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;cataloging – run counter to the underlying philosophy of many digital libraries: to&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;avoid, if possible, manual processing and formal cataloging of documents. While&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;adherence to this principle can limit the accuracy of fielded searching (or indeed,&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;preclude it altogether), it can also avoid the cataloging bottleneck and permit digital&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;libraries to provide access to larger numbers of documents.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;The digital libraries complement the information currently available through&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;paper, online, and CD-ROM bibliographic resources. 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Cunningham, A public library based&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;on full-text retrieval, Communications of the ACM41(4), 1998, p. 71&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a name=0&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;div style=&quot;page-break-before:always; page-break-after:always&quot;&gt;&lt;div&gt;&lt;p&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;1Documents were randomly sampled from the DEC&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(ftp://crl.dec.com/pub/DEC/CRL/tech-reports/), Sony&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;(ftp://ftp.csl.sony.co.jp/CSL/CSL-Papers), and Ohio (ftp://archive.cis.ohio-&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;p&gt;state.edu/pub/tech-report/) technical report repositories&lt;/p&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;</Content>
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