Virginia Tech ranks No. 26 in the world on Web impact analysis

BLACKSBURG, Va., March 9, 2009 – Virginia Tech ranks No. 26 among colleges and university world-wide in the most recent "Webometrics Ranking of World Universities."

The survey is a project of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group of the Centro de Información y Documentación, part of the National Research Council, the largest public research body in Spain. According to the group’s website, the rankings are published to promote open access to academic materials online and seek to measure “the performance and impact of universities through their Web presence.”

Virginia Tech is the highest ranked university in Virginia. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Harvard University, the University of California at Berkeley, and Cornell University are ranked one through five in the biannual survey first published in 2004. The complete rankings can be found on the Cybermetrics Lab website.

Cybermetrics Lab is devoted to the quantitative analysis of the Internet and Web contents, especially those related to the processes of generation and scholarly communication of scientific knowledge.