The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that a research group based in Spain called the Cybermetrics Lab has published its biannual Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, which seeks to measure “the performance and impact of universities through their Web presence.”
MIT, whose OpenCourseWare project boasts the world’s largest collection of free teaching materials, comes in first (The rankings were originally conceived as a way of promoting open access to academic materials online.). Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley, and Cornell University are in the top five. Pitt ranks #36; CMU comes in at #15. The University of Toronto, at No. 24, is the highest-ranked institution from outside the United States, and the University of Cambridge, at No. 28, registered as the highest-ranked European institution (most of the top 50 university sites are American).