Sunday, August 20, 2017

Webometrics ranks UrFU's electronic archives No. 1 in Russia

Earlier this week, Ural Federal University's electronic archives were ranked 378th among world universities and were named the top university electronic archives in Russia by Webometrics.

UrFU's electronic archives were first established in 2004 and are the oldest open-access archives in Russia. The archive's top rating was determined through an estimation of the value of electronic documents in the archives from a scientific perspective, according to a press release.

To prepare for the launch of the UrFU electronic archives in 2004, dozens of members of university staff painstakingly transcribed and digitized all available physical university documents dating back to 1920.

That year, the university also changed its name from Izvestia Ural State to Ural Federal University, forcing technology staff to transition all documents to the new domain.

New in 2014, UrFU staff and other IT professionals have the ability to gather statistics references for each document in their archives and track the links to materials in social and professional networks. Recently, UrFU began using Altmetric.com's system, which allows users to find references to archived material on the internet.

Webometrics began measuring electronic metrics in 1983 within individual institutions that used primitive file-sharing methods. Currently, they measure the largest electronic archives in the world held by academic and research institutions.