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dc.contributor.author Vallez, Mari
dc.contributor.author Lopezosa, Carlos
dc.contributor.author Pedraza, Rafael
dc.date.accessioned 2022-03-15T07:24:51Z
dc.date.available 2022-03-15T07:24:51Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Vallez M, Lopezosa C, Pedraza-Jiménez R. A study of the web visibility of the SDGs and the 2030 agenda on university websites. Int J Sustain High Educ. 2022;23(8):41-59. DOI: 10.1108/IJSHE-09-2021-0361
dc.identifier.issn 1467-6370
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/52700
dc.description.abstract Purpose – Universities play an important role in the promotion and implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This study aims to examine the visibility of information about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the websites of Spanish and major international universities, by means of a quantitative and qualitative analysis with an online visibility management platform that makes use of big data technology. Design/methodology/approach – The Web visibility of the universities studied in relation to the terms “SDG”, “Sustainable Development Goals” and “2030 Agenda” was determined using the SEMrush tool. Information was obtained on the number of web pages accessed and the queries formulated (query expansion). The content indexed by Google for these universities was compiled, and finally, the search engine optimization (SEO) factors applicable to the websites with the highest Web visibility were identified. Findings – The universities analysed are content creators but do not have very high Web visibility in Web searches for information on the SDGs. Of the 98 universities analysed, only four feature prominently in search results. Originality/value – Although research exists on the application of SEO to different areas, there have not, to date, been any studies examining the Web visibility of universities in relation to Web searches for information on the 2030 Agenda. The main contributions of this study are the global perspective it provides on the Web visibility of content produced by universities about the SDGs and the recommendations it offers for improving that visibility.
dc.description.sponsorship This work is partially funded by the REDICE20-2800 project awarded by the Institute for Professional Development of the University of Barcelona. It is also part of the project “Interactive storytelling and digital visibility in interactive documentary and structured journalism”. RTI2018- 095714-B-C21 (MICINN/FEDER Spain).
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Emerald
dc.relation.ispartof International journal of sustainability in higher education. 2022;23(8):41-59.
dc.rights © Mari Vallez, Carlos Lopezosa and Rafael Pedraza-Jiménez. Published by Emerald Publishing Limited. This article is published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone may reproduce, distribute, translate and create derivative works of this article (for both commercial and non-commercial purposes), subject to full attribution to the original publication and authors. The full terms of this licence may be seen at http://creativecommons.org/licences/by/4.0/ legalcode
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dc.title A study of the web visibility of the SDGs and the 2030 agenda on university websites
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.subject.keyword SDGs
dc.subject.keyword 2030 Agenda
dc.subject.keyword Spanish universities
dc.subject.keyword SEO
dc.subject.keyword Web visibility
dc.subject.keyword Higher education institutions
dc.subject.keyword Sustainable development goals (SDGs)
dc.subject.keyword Search engine optimisation (SEO)
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/RTI2018-095714-B-C21
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