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Local government web sites in Finland: A  geographic and webometric analysis Kim Holmberg* & Mike Thelwall** * kim.holmber...
Research Questions <ul><li>Does local government web site interlinking in Finland Proper follow geographic lines? </li></u...
Region of  Finland Proper
Methods <ul><li>Data collection with a web crawler </li></ul><ul><li>Data modelling with Site ADM    binary data matrix (...
Interlinking
Interlinking, Kamada-Kawai
Based on full geographic map
1.  Does local government web site interlinking in Finland Proper follow geographic lines? <ul><li>Statistical test betwee...
2. Why do local government web sites in Finland Proper interlink? <ul><li>Type of links </li></ul><ul><li>- type of inform...
Motivation for linking
Conclusions <ul><li>Does local government web site interlinking in Finland Proper follow geographic lines? </li></ul><ul><...
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Local government web sites in Finland: A geographic and webometric analysis

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A webometric study about the interlinking between local government web sites in Finland. Paper presented at the 11th conference of International Society of Scientometrics and Informetrics in 2007 Madrid, Spain.

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Local government web sites in Finland: A geographic and webometric analysis

  1. 1. Local government web sites in Finland: A geographic and webometric analysis Kim Holmberg* & Mike Thelwall** * kim.holmberg@abo.fi Information Studies Åbo Akademi University, Finland ** m.thelwall@wlv.ac.uk School of Computing and Information Technology University of Wolverhampton, UK ISSI 25.6.2007 Madrid, Spain
  2. 2. Research Questions <ul><li>Does local government web site interlinking in Finland Proper follow geographic lines? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do local government web sites in Finland Proper interlink? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Region of Finland Proper
  4. 4. Methods <ul><li>Data collection with a web crawler </li></ul><ul><li>Data modelling with Site ADM  binary data matrix (1 = link, 0 = no link) </li></ul><ul><li>Visualization with Kamada-Kawai </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic testing  QAP </li></ul>Interlinking A B
  5. 5. Interlinking
  6. 6. Interlinking, Kamada-Kawai
  7. 7. Based on full geographic map
  8. 8. 1. Does local government web site interlinking in Finland Proper follow geographic lines? <ul><li>Statistical test between interlinking and geography </li></ul><ul><li>Quadratic Assignment Procedure (QAP) </li></ul><ul><li> p = 0.000 </li></ul>
  9. 9. 2. Why do local government web sites in Finland Proper interlink? <ul><li>Type of links </li></ul><ul><li>- type of information associated with the links and the context they are created in </li></ul><ul><li>Purpose of links </li></ul><ul><li>- what purpose the links fulfil by connecting the two documents </li></ul><ul><li>- Categorization of 337 links / link types </li></ul>
  10. 10. Motivation for linking
  11. 11. Conclusions <ul><li>Does local government web site interlinking in Finland Proper follow geographic lines? </li></ul><ul><li>- Yes, QAP confirms this </li></ul><ul><li>Why do local government web sites in Finland Proper interlink? </li></ul><ul><li>- Because of official cooperation that geographic closeness has made possible </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you!

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