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TitleOnline visibility of software-related web sites: The case of biomedical text mining tools
Author(s)Pérez-Rodríguez, Gael
Pérez-Pérez, Martín
Fdez-Riverola, Florentino
Lourenço, Anália
KeywordsOnline visibility
Data mining
Explanatory and predictive models
Software tools
Issue date3-May-2019
JournalInformation Processing & Management
CitationPérez-Rodríguez, Gael; Pérez-Pérez, Martín; Fdez-Riverola, Florentino; Lourenço, Anália, Online visibility of software-related web sites: The case of biomedical text mining tools. Information Processing & Management, 56(3), 565-583, 2019
Abstract(s)Internet, in general, and the WWW, in particular, have become an immediate, practical means of introducing software tools and resources, and most importantly, a key vehicle to attract the attention of the potential users. In this scenario, content organization as well as different development practices may affect the online visibility of the target resource. Therefore, the careful selection, organization and presentation of contents are critical to guarantee that the main features of the target tool can be easily discovered by potential visitors, while ensuring a proper indexation by automatic online systems and resource recognizers. Understanding how software is depicted in scientific manuscripts and comparing these texts with the corresponding online descriptions can help to improve the visibility of the target website. It is particularly relevant to be able to align online descriptions and those found in literature, and use the resulting knowledge to improve software indexing and grouping. Therefore, this paper presents a novel method for formally defining and mining software-related websites and related literature with the ultimate aim of improving the global online visibility of the software. As a proof of concept, the method was used to evaluate the online visibility of biomedical text mining tools. These tools have evolved considerably in the last decades, and are gathering together a heterogeneous development community as well as various user groups. For the most part, these tools are not easily discovered via general search engines. Hence, the proposed method enabled the identification of specific issues regarding the visibility of these online contents and the discussion of some possible improvements.
DescriptionSupplementary material associated with this article can be found, in the online version, at doi: 10.1016/j.ipm.2018.11.011.
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