The Case of the Proper Process
This example concentrates on the Process criteria you might apply
to a resource (in reality this would be only one part of the evaluation
criteria that you would need to consider).
1) Checking the Currency of Information
The Home Page of Hansard's House of Commons Debates states that the information
is updated daily at 12.30pm. This statement can be verified by checking
that the previous day's debates are available.
2) Looking at the Durability of the Information
The full text of the House of Commons Debates have a long term importance.
Archives of the previous sessions are stored and are available online.
3) Looking for Maintenance Clues
This is an official Government site so users have certain expectations
that the information is being well maintained.
'Last updated' dates can be found at the bottom of each page:
these are reassuringly recent!
Email addresses and contact details are given both for
the information providers and the administrators of the site.
The Case is Solved!
statement about the frequency of update is provided
searchable archives of debates are available
creation dates and last updated dates are provided
contact details are provided for the administrator and information providers
of the site
no apparent backup or mirror service alternative should there be a technical
This is an excellent example of a well maintained, well supported Web site
(as would be expected from such an authoritative source!). However,
given the importance and popularity of the site a backup service or mirror
site would be expected.
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