World Universities' Ranking on the Web

Various authors, Webometrics, Jul 25, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I thought this was pretty funny, but I should hasten to add that it points to something deeper. This site purports to rank the top 1000 universities based on a web measurement metric: Position = 2 * Ranking(Size) + 4 * Ranking(Visibility) + 1 * Ranking(Rich Files). It was the last - rich files - that gave me the biggest giggle, as I was left wondering about the correlation between PowerPoint, PDF, and academic merit. So I didn't take the rankings very seriously. But there is a deeper point here, and that is that these sorts of rankings won't be caricatures in the future, and that eventually a university's (or a person's) web footprint will yield some useful data. Via Information Policy via Jeremy Hunsinger.
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