After three years, RePEc will again be present in the exhibitors hall of the Allied Social Sciences Associations (ASSA) meeting in San Diego 4-6 January 2013. While in Atlanta we had an isolated booth in the back with just a table and some simple printouts as backdrop, this time the booth will be more appealing to visitors. Indeed, RePEc will be part of the double booth of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis (booths 315 and 317). The St. Louis Fed is there to promote its publications and its powerful database and graphing facility for economic data, FRED. The RePEc corner will be available to answer questions from users, provide demonstrations of RePEc features and welcome feedback. And there may be a gift for visitors…
EDIRC is an index of economics departments, institutes and research centers created in 1995 that has been feeding RePEc with data about such institutions. But beyond just a listing of institutions, it has evolved into an information source of its own right. Currently, it has the following additional features:
- Links to journals or working paper series published by the respective institutions and indexed in RePEc.
- Listings of all people affiliated with the respective institutions and registered with the RePEc Author Service.
- For these people, a link to a compilation of all their publications.
- A recent add-on is a listing of all alumni (final degree) as found on the RePEc Genealogy.
- For the alumni as well, a link to a compilation of their publications.
With close to 13,000 listed institutions, EDIRC has grown a lot since its start. After all those years, the database will now go through some gradual changes, among which are:
- New categories: the current ones were designed when there were only a few hundred listed institutions.
- About 12% of the links are known to be invalid. They are currently being systematically checked for better addresses, but this will take several months.
- Institutions that are known to be defunct and that have no links to people or publications will be removed.
- When possible, chairs and similar “micro-institutions” will be consolidated. They change too frequently and have become a maintenance burden with no significant benefit. This pertains particularly to Germanic universities.
- An effort is currently being made to add translations of institution names to English wherever possible. Indeed, it appears that even natives users search for the English name.
- Speaking of search, the search engine will be improved to make searches more intuitive and efficient than is currently the case.
Of course, any help is always appreciated. In particular, if you notice a bad link, a valid one is always appreciated. And you will be credited along with all the other contributors.
What happened with RePEc last month? First, like every October, institutions are at the Fall peak in producing research, as over 20,000 items have been added to RePEc. Second, our new project, the RePEc Genealogy, is off to a good start, with already over 4000 authors listed. Then, we counted 634,377 downloads and 2,462,684 abstract views through participating services. Finally, we welcomed the following new participating archives: University of Notre Dame, Yonsei University, ZenTra Center for Transnational Studies, Asian Academy of Management, Urban Institute, WWWforEurope, Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Università di Napoli “Parthenope”, Aix-Marseille School of Economics, Moscow State University, Shandong University, Regia Naţională a Pădurilor, and Universität Zürich (III)
We reached the following thresholds:
10000000 references extracted
4000000 references matched with material listed in RePEc
2000000 cumulative book abstract views
700000 articles available online
25000 authors linked in CollEc co-authorship network
10% of registered authors listed in RePEc Genealogy