[LIS-Forum] Evaluation of Web content

Sukhdev Singh esukhdev at gmail.com
Tue Jan 22 15:11:01 IST 2008


My little bit on the topic.

There are organization in various subject areas which issues some
guidelines for site. I know such an organization for health related
sites.  It is Health on the Net Foundation - http://www.hon.ch/ . They
evaluate a health related site and give a certificate of authenticity.
They evaluate a site on a set of eight parameters.

They call these parameters as code of conduct.
[ http://www.hon.ch/HONcode/Conduct.html ]

I am taking their "code of conduct" (visit the link above) as a base
to give you a set of genernal parameters:

(I hope the same/similar set of parameters can be used for evaluating
other sites too).



1.  Authoritative
We should consider who are the authors of site. Govt.; Academic and
Research Institutions are normally given higer priority (Even Google
Scholar follows that policy).

2. Complementarity

Clear indication that Information supports, but does not replace
professional help.

3. Privacy
Good sites lists out their privacy policies in relation to information
submitted (like emails etc) by users. Good sites should not pass on
this information to third parties or use it for spaming its users.

4. Attribution
Look for attribution statements. Good sites cite the source(s) of
published information and publication and updation dates for its
pages. The dates should not be system generationed - some sites give
today's date automatically generated ( Take it a negative practice if
this is to indicate date of information ).

5. Justifiability

If any claim of benefits and performance is made then look for
justification and methodology for arriving at such a claim.

6. Transparency

There should be clear indication of organisation or people behind the
site and what is the purpose of their site. Is it for bussiness,
advocacy, intellectual intestest or lobbinging. Look for accurate
email and other contacts.

7. Financial disclosure
Identify funding sources.

8. Advertising policy

Advertising as such may not be bad, some good site give quality
information and sustain from advertising revenue -  like newspapers
and magazines. However what should be seen is that advertisements are
clearly indicated and seperated from the main content. The information
should be unbaised on the site and should not be influenced by
sponsors or the adversitors.

I hope these could be used as broad guidelines for evaluating sites.

--Sukhdev Singh, NIC.

On Jan 22, 2008 10:31 AM, K.S. Chudamani <ksc at library.iisc.ernet.in> wrote:
>
> There are a variety of ways like user feedback, rank list comparison, etc.
> Research is in progress in these areas
>
> Chudamani
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> On Fri, 18 Jan 2008, Vandana Karande wrote:
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> >
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> > Dear all,
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> > I wish to know the evaluation process of web content or web search results. How does one evaluate the web content??? Are there any specific standards???
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