ScieCom: What is Digitometrics?
6/7/05 by Sara Kjellberg, pointed out by the Resource Shelf
who found it on the Open Citation Project.
Basically updates bibliometrics to include web server logs as well as citations. Uses automatic indexing/crawling for citation analysis like CiteSeer
. There are already lots of ways to game bibliometrics, but at least there is some level of selection. With server logs, someone could have opened the article and determined that the abstract was misleading or that the author failed to support or prove his argument. This shouldn't count toward the impact. If someone chooses to cite the article it is perhaps more likely that they read the article (although not necessarily) and see something important that they want to reference. Downloading doesn't even meet this low threshold. See my other post
on fame and using Google for citation analysis.