Metrics and Best Practices for Evaluating Patent Search Databases
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This Best Practices article is devoted specifically to the discussion of metrics that can be used to evaluate patent search systems and tools, with a focus on identifying existing metrics and determining their strengths and weaknesses when applied to the patent information industry.
Resources and Background Information
This section contains industry literature on webometrics, bibliometrics, and other database evaluations or comparison techniques.
- Thelwall, M. (2008). Quantitative comparison of search engine results. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 59(11) 1702-1710.http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1403762
- Matrixware.net, http://matrixware.net/ contains information about various projects related to information retrieval and patent searching.
Known Metrics from Other Industries
This section is directed to known metrics that are currently being applied to evaluate databases.