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ArticleName Link analysis of Iranian steel industry (ISI), using web impact factor (WIF) and clustering method
DOI 10.17580/cisisr.2017.02.09
ArticleAuthor As. Asemi, F. Rahimi, Ad. Asemi

University of Isfahan (Isfahan, Iran):

Asemi As., Ph. D., Associate Professor, Department of Knowledge and Information Science,


Isfahan University of Technology (Isfahan, Iran):
Rahimi F., MLIS, Librarian, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, (IUT),


Higher Education Institute of Safahan (Isfahan, Iran):
Asemi Ad., Ph. D., Faculty of Computer Engineering and Information Technology,


In this paper, ISI Websites are identified and they studied based on the Webometrics methods. The survey aimed to investigate visibility, WIF and the collaboration rate of ISI Websites. In this process in-links, selflinks and co-links of the Websites were studied and after analysis the Websites clustered and categorized. Webometric methods are applied and all of the links were analyzed including in-links, Self-links, co-links, number of each Web pages, total WIF and Revised WIF (RWIF). Data collection of 47 ISI Websites was done during March 29 to April 17. The results show that Esfahan Steel Company (ESCo.) Website with 2346 in links was the most visited Website and Shahrood Steel Company (ShSCo.) Website, with 1 in-link had the lowest rate of visibility. Also, Azarbaijan Steel Company (ASCo.) Website, with143 total WIF had the highest rate and Meybod Steel Company (MSCo.) Website with 0.31 total WIF had the lowest rate. On the other hand, ASCo. Website, with 143 rate in this case made the most RWIF and ShSCo. Website, with 0.05 was the last one. In this study 11 Websites were declared as the core Websites. Also colink analysis results indicated that Websites under study had collaborated in 8 clusters. It is concluded that Website managers and designers outline plans need to improve the quality and content of their Websites and recognizing the factors required by the Website in order to attract links. The final success of a Website is dependent on factors such as quality, size, language, history, content and some other factors and one or two restricted factors cannot be declared as sole reasons for its success. Therefore any research in this field must consider all factors.

keywords Webometrics, Iranian steel industry, web impact factor, website visibility, link analysis, revised web impact factor

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