Information Integrity

Information integrity refers to the value of the information content over time - usually relating to the work of the author or creator.

Quality warning!

The fact that content can be continually updated, expanded or superseded on the Internet can be both a strength and a weakness. Time sensitive resources (eg timetables) can benefit from frequent updates whereas static resources (eg novels) benefit from remaining unaltered. Different services are likely to have different criteria in this regard.

Worst case scenarios:

A share price service that purports to provide up-to-date prices that in fact is only updated weekly.

Detecting Information Integrity

Questions to ask:
  • is the information durable in nature?
  • is there adequate maintenance of the information content?
Clues to look for:
  • creation dates
  • last updated dates
  • a statement about the frequency of update
  • archived information
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