Re: Testing the citation-ranking search engine: Citebase

From: Carl Lagoze <>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2002 06:28:35 -0400

A recent report on the emergence of 'superarchives' of institutional
scholarly output in the Chronicle of Higher Education

    JEFFREY R. YOUNG 'Superarchives' Could Hold All Scholarly
    Output Chronicle of Higher Education, July 5, 2002

pointed out that 'new search tools would need to be developed to make
full use of the (OAI) metadata tags'. As list readers know, OAI
repositories are already searchable using services such as Arc, OAIster
and My.OAI.

A new OAI search service goes further. As well as OAI metadata, Citebase
harvests reference lists from the largest OAI archives such as arXiv,
which it uses to present citation-ranked search. For users, Citebase
allows results to be ordered by selectable criteria, such as how many
times a paper has been cited in the searchable literature.

OAI recognises that effective search services are vital in promoting
wider use of OAI repositories. Authors of papers in open archives can
now benefit from visibility and impact in the same way as they do from
journal publication.

First we have to assure that such services will be useful and usable to
all academic users, so we are asking the OAI community to try Citebase
and comment on it. To guide you a Web form takes you through a short
exercise highlighting the principal features. The form can be found
(via redirect) at

In future Citebase need not be restricted to a few archives but will
also cover the emerging 'superarchives'.

Citebase is produced as part of the Open Citation project, funded by
the Joint NSF - JISC International Digital Libraries Research Programme.

Carl Lagoze
Department of Computer Science
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853 USA
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