DSU 3rd in Midwest in International Rankings

Dakota State University is ranked third in the Midwest Region by an international survey focusing on the communication of scholarly knowledge using the worldwide web.

The rankings are released under the name "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities", and an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Centro de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales (CCHS), part of the National Research Council (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.

Cybermetrics Lab is devoted to the quantitative analysis of the Internet and Web contents, specifically those related to the processes of generation and scholarly communication of scientific knowledge. This is a new emerging discipline that has been called Cybermetrics or Webometrics.

Rankings are based on the idea that a university's activity is multi-dimensional and should be reflected in its web presence.  Cybermetrics used four indicators to compile the rankings: Size, visibility, rich files, and scholar.

Size deals with the number of pages recovered from four search engines, Google, Yahoo, Live Search, and Exalead.  Visibility is the total number of unique external links received by a site.  Rich files are the number of files on the site relating to scholarly information, and scholar is the number of papers and citations for each academic domain, for example, research papers, reports and other academic items.

Universities were split into categories similar to those used by U.S.News and World Report for their annual rankings. 

Other area colleges on the list included Augustana College, Sioux Falls in 9th, and Black Hills State University in 15th place.

Last Updated: 9/26/12