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Quality Control for the World Wide Web

Quality Control for the World Wide Web

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  1. Quality Control for the World Wide Web

  2. “So, What’s Your Problem?” Quantity vs. Quality Internet As an Uncontrolled Medium

  3. “How do you rate…a web site?” • Print evaluation criteria still apply 1. Accuracy 2. Authority 3. Objectivity 4. Currency 5. Coverage/Scope 6. Audience/Purpose

  4. “Who says?” • Who authored this web site??? • Is the website signed? • Are any credentials given? • Is there a link to a homepage? • Is the site sponsored by an organization, a corporation, government agency, academic institution?

  5. “Who says?” • What do you know about this “expert”? • Is there a contact address? • Is there an e-mail address for feedback/information? • If you do a web search by name, can you find out more?

  6. Anatomy of a URL (Universal Resource Locator) http://www.river.org/~jordan/web/evaluation/quiz.html

  7. Domain .com – a commercial site .org – a group or organization .edu – an academic institution .gov – a government site .mil – a military site .net – a network What type of a site is it?

  8. Interpreting URLs • Topic: endangered species in Hawaii http://www.zen.com.uk/home/page/nchadd/endang.html http://www.capehs.k12.me.us/~sdaigle/EnvironSci/Endangered/hawaii.html http://www.envirolink.org/archives/enews/0526.htm http://www.aloha.com/~apollo/dolphin_in.html

  9. Interpreting URLs http://eelink.umich.edu/ESupdate.biodiversity.html http://kidscience.miningco.com/library/weekly/aa051.htm http://www.amnh.org/Exhibition/Endangered.hawaii/hawaii.html http://www.fws.gov/r9endspp/r/fr945.html

  10. “When in doubt, doubt!” • Separate fact from opinion • Look for evidence of bias • Choice of content • Selected links • Manipulation • Test accuracy against another source

  11. “Why is this information free?” • Intended purpose? • Intended audience?

  12. “Now….and then” • How current is this information? • When was the website last updated? • How “fresh” is the information?

  13. “Details, details, details…” • Internal clues to quality • Spelling, grammar, syntax errors? • Sources cited? • Awards?

  14. User-friendly design? • Ease of navigation • Clear and logical organization? • Effective use of graphics? • Do pages load quickly? • Can you navigate back & forward freely? • Are there many “dead” links? • Is advertising intrusive?

  15. “On a scale of 1 to 10…” • How does the WWW rate compared to other available sources? • Library reference collection • Online subscription databases • EBSCO • Gale Student Resource Center • (Library website: whslibweb.homestead.com)

  16. Practice, practice, practice!!

  17. Give us your best…website! Blue Blaze Award