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Dr. B T Sampath Kumar is a Professor in the Department of Studies and Research in Library and Information Science, Tumkur University, Tumkur, India. He has the rare distinction of achieving First Rank in M.Sc. Library and Information Science and receiving Gold Medal. He pursued his Ph.D degree from Kuvempu University and also obtained Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science (P.G.D.C.S) from University of Hyderabad, Telangana.

Dr. B T Sampath Kumar has published more than 150 research papers in International/national reputed journals and Seminars/Conferences proceedings. He has received “I.L.A.P.V.Verghese Award” for the best research paper published in ILA Bulletin. He also received “Best Academic LIS Professional Award” by Library Professional Association (LPA) During I-KOAL 2019 at Sardar Patel University, Gujarat and received State award for distinguished service rendered in the field of Library and Information Science from Government of Karnataka on 26th of April 2022.

He served as Registrar (In charge); Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology; Director, College and Development Council; Deputy Registrar (Academic Section); Special Officer (Academic Section); Syndicate Member and Academic Council Member of Tumkur University, Tumakuru. He also served as Asst. Director, Prasaranga of Kuvempu University. At present he is serving as Director, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Board (PMEB), Tumkur University, Tumakuru.

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Trends in Web citations and Web decay in Social Science theses: Revival of Decayed Web citations using Wayback Machine Sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi. Amount Sanctioned Rs 10,00,000.


Measuring Web visibility of Scientific Productivity of Academia of Science and Technology in Karnataka State, Sponsored by UGC, New Delhi. Amount Sanctioned Rs 9,91,800.

ICT Literacy Competencies Among Rural and Urban Students: The Digital Divide, Sponsored by ICSSR, New Delhi. Amount Sanctioned Rs 6,00,000.


1. Wayback Machine: Reincarnation to Vanished Online Citations URLs, Program,Emerald Publications, Vol.49, No.2, 2015.

2. Bringing life to Dead: Role of Wayback Machine in Retrieving Vanished URLs, Journal of Information Science,Sage Publications, Vol.41, No.1, 2015.
Impact Factor: 1.087.

3. Computers Literacy Competencies among Indian Students: The Digital Divide, Asian Education and Development Studies, Emerald Publications, Vol.3, No.3, 2014.

4. Corrosion of URLs: Implications for Electronic Publishing, IFLA Journal, Sage Publication, Vol.40, No.1, 2014.

5. Search engines and their Search Strategies: The Effective Use by Indian Academics, Program: Electronic library and Information system, Emerald Publications, Vol.47, No.4, 2013

6. HTTP 404-Page (Not) Found: Recovery of Decayed URL Citations, Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier publication, 2012. Impact Factor: 4.229.

ICSSR Sponsored Major Research Project

The use of Web-based electronic resources has become common in scholarly writing and publishing. Increasing dependence on web-based resources leads to increased use of web citations. In scholarly publishing, the process of web resources becoming inaccessible over a period of time is referred to as Web decay. Web decay is a threat to the persistent availability of web resources. But, the Web archives particularly the Wayback machine offer a solution to the problem of web decay.

In this context, the present research proposal explore the trends in the use of Web citations as well as what percentage of web citations have decayed in Indian theses. Further, an attempt will be made to recover the decayed web citation using Wayback Machine.

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