Access, claims and quality on the Internet - future challenges

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Access, claims and quality on the Internet - future challenges
Authors: Kim H. Veltman [edit item]
Citation: Progress in Informatics (2): 17-40. 2005.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.2201/NiiPi.2005.2.3.
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Access, claims and quality on the Internet - future challenges is a publication by Kim H. Veltman.


[edit] Abstract

The vision of access to human knowledge has existed explicitly at least since the time of Aristotle In 1934, Otlet outlined a vision of comprehensive access to knowledge. Progress towards this vision entailed initial visions of hypertext, markup languages, the semantic web, Wikipedia and more recently a series of developments with respect to Open Source. A brief survey of these developments is provided. The rhetoric of the Internet insists that everything should be accessible by everyone at anytime. This poses obvious technical challenges and serious philosophical problems of method. If everything is accessible then how do we separate the chaff from the grain and how do we identify quality? Following a survey of important developments, this essay suggests five dimensions that need to be included in a future web: 1) variants and multiple claims; 2) levels of certainty in making a claim; 3) levels of authority in defending a claim; 4) levels of significance in assessing a claim; 5) levels of thoroughness in dealing with a claim. j 2005 National Instiute of Informatics.

[edit] Research questions

"Hypertext, the semanticweb, Wikipedia and open source have brought many positive steps forward. This paper surveys these developments and outlines some of the challenges that lie ahead."

Research details

Topics: Epistemology, Reader perceptions of credibility [edit item]
Domains: Information systems [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Case study [edit item]
Data source: Websites [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: Website [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"To this end, we have suggested that five new features that need to be added to such systems; 1) variants and multiple claims; 2) levels of certainty in making a claim; levels of authority in defending a claim; 4) levels of significance in assessing a claim; 5) levels of thouroughness in assessing a claim. If these dimensions are integrated into an open source model there is reason for optimism about the potentials of the emerging technologies. The vision of source knowledge on a fully semantic web may well take at least another century to achieve, but this only confirms that the goal is a noble one."

[edit] Comments

"Access to the whole of knowledge is becoming feasible with the open source movement with the need to highlight the central importance of quality along with the open access in terms of quantity."


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