SVIBOR - Project code: 5-11-080

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Project code: 5-11-080


INFORMETRIC DISTRIBUTIONS


Main researcher: OLUIĈ-VUKOVIĈ, VESNA (77373)



Assistants
Type of research: basic
Duration from: 01/01/91. to 12/15/95.

Papers on project (total): 1
Institution name: Hrvatska informacijsko dokumentacijska agencija - HIDRA, Zagreb (89)
Department/Institute: 0
Address: Nova cesta 28
City: 10000 - Zagreb, Croatia
Communication
Phone: 385 (0) 41 42 06 37
Fax: 385 (0) 42 79 03
Phone: 385 (0) 32 78 30
E-mail: VESNA.OLUI].VUKOVI]`PUBLIC.SRCE.

Summary: This research embraces the informetric distributions as a basicstarting point in getting insight and understanding of the threemain components of the complex scientific system, i.e., theprocesses of creation, transmission and the use of knowledge. Theemphasis is given to the dynamic and probabilistic aspects, moreprecisely, to the nature of the underlying probabilisticprocesses which govern the specific structural features ofinformetric distributions.

Keywords: informetric distributions, dynamic processes, stochastic models, time component, structural features, distribution curve, citation analyses, information transfer

Research goals: The goal of this research is to examine the structure of themechanism governing the observed pattern of data distributionknown in the literature as the Bradford, Lotka and Zipfdistributions. More recently these distributions were unifiedunder the common term informetric distributions (Bookstein,1990). As a starting point, following hypotheses are advanced: Hypothesis 1: The informetric distributions are dynamic systemsevolving in time. Hypothesis 2: The informetric distributions are governed by theprobabilistic birth-and-death processes. Hypothesis 3: The Simon-Yule stochastic model is appropriate tomodeling this kind of information processes. It can be expected that these investigations will contribute tothe better understanding of the informetric distributions as wellas to the theoretical foundation of informetrics. The other aspect of the research is related to the examination ofthe flow of scientific information from the scientificallyperipheral countries. The goal is to examine the role of domesticand international journals in the transfer of knowledge fromCroatia. Apart from the contribution to the knowledge ofcommunication in science, the results of such studies might behelpful to the editorial policy in Croatia.

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