Historical Social Research

HSR Vol. 38 (2013) No. 3: Focus

Philipp Schaer: Applied Informetrics for Digital Libraries: An Overview on Problems, Foundations and Current Approaches

Recent user studies in digital libraries show two weaknesses of the classical IR approach: ranking of retrieved documents and the language problem during the query formulation phase. Recent developments in the area of applied informetrics show very promising effects by using long-known informetric and bibliometric methods like the analysis of power-law distributions described by Lotka’s, Zipf’s or Bradford’s laws. This work will concentrate on the description of the open problems and the current approaches to surpass these by using applied informetrics methodologies.

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