Carlos Vílchez-Román has noticed that the -site: command no longer works in Bing so there will be some false matches in the web impact reports.
Twitter data collection needs Webometric Analyst from after June 17 2013 to work; 1 Aug. 2013 update for faster Twitter downloading. 1 September 2013 fix for Mendeley searches. 23 October fix for Twitter networks.
Webometric Analyst 2.0 needs a key for use and has a restricted number of (free) searches. It does not report hit count estimates for searches so is no longer useful for queries generating significantly over 400 results but the new version includes query splitting as standard.
The book Introduction to Webometrics is useful for Webometric Analyst - but please download the updated, extended Webometrics and social web research methods [free in-progress draft copy].
Webometric Analyst replaces hyperlink searches with URL Citation searches (see documentation) and (optionally) with title mention searches. See an evaluation of title searches and URL citation searches.
Webometric Analyst can process logical OR searches by submitting multiple queries and combining the results.
Webometric Analyst is a resource in the Toolkit for the Impact of Digitised Scholarly Resources.
Webometric Analyst 2.0
Web searches in Webometric Analyst uses the Bing API so please sign up for a Bing key to run web searches.
Webometric Analyst uses URL citations or title mentions instead of hyperlink searches for network diagrams, link impact reports, and web environment networks. See also the discussion of link analysis in Webometric Analyst.
Webometric Analyst analyses the web impact of documents or web sites and creates network diagrams of collections of web sites, as well as creating networks and time series analysis of social web sites (e.g., YouTube, Twitter) and some specialist web sites (e.g., Google Books). It automatically submits queries to search engines and other sites and process the results. For an overview, see Introduction to Webometric Analyst 2.0. See the following papers for a comparison of link counting methods:
- Thelwall, M. & Sud, P. (2011). A comparison of methods for collecting web citation data for academic organisations. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62(8), 1488–1497.
- Thelwall, M., Sud, P., & Wilkinson, D. (2012). Link and co-inlink network diagrams with URL citations or title mentions. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(4),805-816.
- Thelwall, M., & Sud, P. (2012). Webometric research with the Bing Search API 2.0. Journal of Informetrics, 6(1), 44-52.
The main features of Webometric Analyst are:
** Download the free Webometric Analyst 2.0 software. **
- Installation instructions
- Basic Webometric Analyst 2.0 use instructions with wizards
- Standard Webometric Analyst 2.0 use instructions with the classic interface
- Introductory booklet about Webometric Analyst 2.0: Gives an overview but not specific instructions.
- Advanced Webometric Analyst 2.0 use instructions
- YouTube search instructions
- Twitter data collection, Twitter network analysis and Twitter time series analysis (bottom of page)
- Comparing search markets or Using multiple search markets for a single search
- Information about the network drawing component
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Spam removal from link results
- Korean Manual from Han Woo Park.
See the Webometric Analyst blog for more information and to report bugs. Note that these instructions are slightly behind the latest version of Webometric Analyst 2.0 - some of the screen shots will be different.
See also a link analysis report example for Ontario Health Promotion.
Original LexiURL Searcher (before April, 2011)
The original LexiURL Searcher was similar to Webometric Analyst but relied heavily upon hyperlink data from Yahoo! Search API, a service that Yahoo! discontinued in April 2011. The original Webometric Analyst used IP-based access to Bing but the Bing API changed in 2012.