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Five Taiwan universities among world's top 100 digital repositories

2012/07/09 21:26:38

Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Five Taiwan universities have been ranked among the world's top 100 institutional digital repositories in a ranking report recently published by a Spanish research body.

Leading the group was National Taiwan University (NTU), which came 11th in the list compiled by the Cybermetrics Lab under the Spanish National Research Council -- the largest research body in Spain and the third largest of its kind in Europe.

National Tsing Hua University came 57th, with National Central University (NCU) coming 75th, National Chengchi University 77th and National Cheng Kung University finishing in 79th spot on the list, which is released biannually in January and July.

NTU library's circulating collection currently contains over 180,000 items or files, Chen Kuang-hua, deputy director of NTU's library, said Monday, adding that he hoped the school could digitize all repositories in the near future.

Over the past years, NCU library has expanded its digital repositories to include integrating resources from allied libraries, said Chen Yen-liang, director of the library, adding that the digital library also includes Hakka artwork and traditional music scores.

More than 1,400 institutions around the world are on the list, which is topped by the Smithsonian and NASA Astrophysics Data System -- a digital library portal for researchers in Astronomy and Physics that is operated by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory under a NASA grant.

Coming in second is the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland, followed by Virginia Tech University of the United States, University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and NRIA, a national institute for research in computer science and control in France.

An institute's performance is measured with four indicators: the size and visibility of the repositories, the total number of unique external links received by a site, the number of text files in Acrobat format extracted from Google and Yahoo, and the mean number of papers and recently published papers available.

(By Hsu Chih-wei and Hanna Liu)