Quantitative and Critical Analysis of Digital Library Research in Iran



The purpose of this study was to analyze the quantitative and critical content of research conducted by Iranian researchers in digital libraries in terms of research method, research community, topics, authors and their organizational affiliation and results of previous researches. The research method is quantitative content analysis. According to the mentioned purpose, the authors’ information, titles, abstracts, keywords of articles and dissertations related to this field of researches were analyzed. The statistical population of the study consists of 208 Iranian research outputs (137 articles and 71 theses) in the field of digital libraries that were selected based on their internal validity criteria. And to extract the data needed for the research, the research was conducted with the aim of analyzing quantitative and critical content in the field of digital libraries. In terms of place of publication and research, in research articles, Iranian Journal of Information Processing & Management (12) frequency; in Extension Articles, Journal of Monthly Books (12) frequency; and in the theses, Islamic Azad University of Tehran - North Branch (12) frequency، gained the most statistics. In terms of topics used, the results showed that topics such as “evaluation of digital libraries”, “concepts of digital, virtual and electronic libraries”, “feasibility of creating digital libraries” and “digital libraries user interface” gained the most attention. The results of content analysis indicate that the issue of digital libraries in previous researches of recent years has been growing in recent years and new topics such as semantic web, mapping, semantic integration and organization in this area have attracted the attention of researchers. The research has also shown that first, the bulk of the research sought to introduce and promote the conceptual and exemplary nature of the digital library, the knowledge that is largely available in English. Second, much of the research is repetitive. Third, no research has been done on the development of the digital library in terms of concept or technology. In addition, the results of some previous methodological research show that the most prominent examples are research methods that are quite feasible. Overall, the study of the topics studied and their timing in the field of theory and practice of digital libraries in Iran led to the identification of research gaps in this field. Researchers are therefore encouraged to look at other aspects of digital libraries that have not been studied or devoted to less research.