The Issue of Quality on the Internet
The Internet is full of information but a lot of it is not of the high
quality you might hope for. This may be because:
The quality of Internet resources varies a great deal. It is usually
left up to the user to decide whether the resource is of a high or low
anyone can publish anything on the Internet
Internet resources can come in many different formats and designs and can
change at any moment
any part of the Internet can become unavailable at any moment
If you want to find the right information for you on the Internet it
can pay to evaluate the quality of the resources you are looking at.
Do you ever use a search engine? Then read on .......
Picture the scene:
You need some information
and you need it fast.
seems like a good place to start so you head for a search engine and start
You get a result
- 20,000 resources come back at you. You start browsing ...
Resource Number 1
The title looks promising - but bang! When you try to connect you
get an error message saying the server is down. The resource can't
Resource Number 2
Again the title looks good - however, when you get to the site you find
that it is a project report from Class 2B at Hillside Junior School.
Resource Number 3
It leads to a big site, with lots of links and lots of files. The
answer's got to be here somewhere. Half an hour later you're still
looking. This site's so big you need a map to find your way around
- but there is no map so all you see are blind alleys and dead ends.
Resource Number 4
Now we are getting somewhere - the contents page looks great: but wait
- that's all there is! The site is "under construction" and the information
isn't ready yet.
Resource Number 5
It's looking good - there is page after page of facts and figures.
The only problem is that none of them are accurate. Either they've
been typed in by someone who can't type, or someone out there is trying
Resource Number 6
OK. There's a link to the exact report you need. You're within
spitting distance. The only problem is that to download this report
you need special software and guess what - you don't have that software
on your machine.
Resource Number 7
It's written by a person you know and looks like it will have what you
need. Then you spot the date in the corner - they haven't updated
this site for two years. A lot has happened since then, things have
changed. Forget it - this is old news.
Resource Number 8
Could be useful - someone has collected lots of information from all over
the Internet and put it on their own site. Are they to be trusted?
Did they copy it accurately? There is no indication about who created
this site and why, so move on.
Resource Number 9
Amazing - it says it's an encyclopaedia but it turns out to be pictures
of people with no clothes on.
Only another 19,991 resources to go ... it's time for a coffee!
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