[Commons-research] Quantification analysis of Australian domain webharvests held by the National Library of Australia

Giorgos Cheliotis giorgos at smu.edu.sg
Tue May 20 01:21:55 EDT 2008

Ben, any news on this one? My feeling is it may be hard to generalize some
findings beyond Australia, since what you are doing is a form of convenience
sampling, but it would be interesting to look at the outcome of this, and I
find all of the objectives you have listed in your email to be relevant.

On 5/2/08 2:30 PM, "Ben Bildstein" <ben.bildstein at student.unsw.edu.au>

> Hi commons researchers,
> The National Library of Australia has been crawling the Australian web
> (defining the Australian web is of course an issue in itself). I'm going to be
> running some quantification analysis over at least some of this crawl
> (actually plural, crawls - there is a 2005 crawl, a 2006 crawl and a 2007
> crawl), probably starting with a small part of the crawl and then scaling up.
> Possible outcomes from this include:
> * Some meaningful consideration of how many web pages, on average, come about
> from a single decision to use a licence. For example, if you licence your blog
> and put a licence statement into your blog template, that would be one
> decision to use the licence, arguably one licensed work (your blog), but
> actually 190 web pages
> <http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.cyberlawcentre.org/unlocking-ip/blog/
> &amp;start=900> 
> <http://www.google.com/search?q=site:www.cyberlawcentre.org/unlocking-ip/blog/
> &amp;amp;start=900>   (with permalinks and all). I've got a few ideas about
> how to measure this, which I can go in to more depth about.
> * 
> * How much of the Australian web is licensed, both proportionally (one page in
> X, one web site in X, or one 'document' in X), and in absolute terms (Y web
> pages, Y web sites, Y 'documents').
> * Comparison of my results to proprietary search-engine based answers to the
> same question, to put my results in context.
> * Comparison of various licensing mechanisms, including but not limited to:
> hyperlinks, natural language statements, dc rights in <meta> tags, rdf+xml.
> * Comparison of use of various licences, and licensing elements.
> * Changes in the answers to these questions over time.
>>> This e-mail is to garner other potential outcomes, or hazards I should be
>>> careful of, or questions I should keep in mind, or better ways of doing the
>>> analysis. I'm not making a specific request for ideas here, but rather
>>> wanted to give everyone the opportunity to suggest or set me right or such,
>>> and now seems like the time.
>>> Thanks,
>>> Ben.
>>> e: ben.bildstein at student.unsw.edu.au
>>> b: http://cyberlawcentre.org/hoc
>>> m: 0408 134466
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