WEBSITES OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTIONS IN INDIA: A WEBOMETRIC STUDY
Joicy A.J and Dr. Rekha Rani Varghese
The websites of Research and Development institutions have now emerged as the prime source of information regarding the institutions. Since website portal is an inseparable component of a Research and Development institutions, the websites of R & D institutions provide due importance to the library content / information on their homepage. Also the institution websites provide access to a lot of electronic content. Since this is the situation worldwide, the present study is an attempt to evaluate how the R & D Institutions in India present their content in the websites. Out of the 246 Research and Development institutions identified from the website http://www.indiaedu.com/research-institutes/research-institutes-india.html, 77 (31.30 per cent) properly functioning websites were analyzed. The study revealed that majority of the Research and Development institutions in India provide informative links to contacts, copyright, news and events, RTI and history. A few websites provide opportunity for user interaction in the form of feedback. It is also found that majority of the research and development institutions websites are good to navigate and find information.