Week 3 Questions

Full list of questions follows.

  • Does anyone else in the class feel like when they search on the internet they find a lot of useless information, but not what you need?
  • Is there a way the internet could be improved to make it easier for the different kinds of information to be reckonized?
  • Does anyone else feel that since the explosion of the internet children have lost a lot of their imagination and drive to play outside?
  • How far do you think this editing will go with the internet? Will it become a mess of so many edits weather they are credible sources or not. Who do we believe?
  • How do we tell the difference on the internet between fictions non-fiction with all this information we have at the tips of our fingers?
  • How easy or difficult do you feel it is to find the information you are actually looking for on the Internet?
  • What do you feel makes a site credible and of good quality?
  • How do you feel the Internet will change in the next 20 years to help the problem of the information overload?
  • What are some effective means of increasing information literacy?
  • What are the characteristics of a good search engine?
  • How can gopherspace be improved to make information retrieval easier?
  • How do you manage the information available in today’s world?
  • When confused about sources online, would you want to follow guidelines like the ones posted in the second article for this week?
  • Should there by some sort of agency that regulates false, inaccurate, or outdated information posted on the Web?
  • Do gopher tools such as Google and Yahoo direct users to certain sights over others for monetary reasons?
  • How often to college level students quote unreliable sources such as “Wikipedia” in their scholarly papers?
  • How do you think the next generation of children will use the Internet in school?
  • Do you find “pointer sites” helpful or a waste of space ?
  • What search engines do you think are the most helpful when researching information? and what search engines were you taught in grade school?
  • Should there be rules for who can post on the Internet?
  • How many people in the 18-25 demographic today have information anxiety?
  • Which came first, the Internet or information anxiety? Did information anxiety exist when people read books as well?
  • How many more original sites can be posted if most of them are just a reflection of eachother?
  • How are organizations fighting against inaccurate information?
  • Is it mostly older generations (who the internet was not part of their daily life) that feel information overload?
  • I was actually wondering about what was meant by RECALL and PRECISION, was not very clear on those two consepts and what they are responsible for?
  • How would one better transform information into structured knowledge? It seems almoust impossible.
  • Is there specific ways to test websites for credibility?
  • What can be done to ensure you are browsing a legitemate web page?
  • Do you agree with Solock in that more and more websites are a “Hall of Mirrors?” What has been your experience? Can you give examples of websites that are a “Hall of Mirrors?”
  • Do you think there are enough good tools on the internet to navigate and find good information? What are some good tools you have found?
  • Do you agree that in the “working world” that there is a higher need for people to ‘locate, analyze, and use information skillfully and appropriately [10]’” (Nelson)?
  • What examples can you offer? Do you have any experiences to support your argument?
  • When was the last time you went to the library for a project to find information on it?
  • Are we getting information lazy and instead of searching we just soak up the knowledge that is presented to us??
  • In the future we will have any say in what knowledge gets presented to us??
  • Will Google find a way to meet the needs of its users and figure out a way to narrow searches so it is easier to access information?
  • In your opinion what is better and internet with too much information or an internet that is not as broad? Why?
  • Does the amount of useless information discourage the use of the internet for your own research purposes? If so, what type of research do you prefer?
  • Will there ever be a way to monitor whether information published on the Web is authentic, or is this just too much of an undertaking?
  • What are the implications of using information that may in fact be true, but that is plagiarized or mis-quoted? Is it something more than a copyright issue?
  • Is there some way to make searching for truly relevant information easier? For example, if I am searching a very particular topic, will there be user-friendly filters that ascribe to universal usage rules instead of codes that only students or creators are aware of?
  • What are some ways that an individual can verify information accuracy?
  • Define ‘information overload’?
  • Is the fact that any individual can publish information on the internet a benefit or detriment? Why?
  • Is it easier to search through information in a database, such as proquest to find accurate information, or to search google where you would get more variety in the category you are searching? Which information are you more likely to find easier?
  • Now that anyone can publish on the internet, who will be in charge of checking the information for falsities and how will we ever ve able to know if the information is factual?
  • If technology is volume as Nelson states, and it continues to grow exponentially, will we ever catch up?
  • Is narrowing the spectrum of information we are to receive the solution, or will it just create more problems in the manner of narrow mindedness and only seeing what one chooses to see?
  • What are some effective means of increasing information literacy?
  • What are the characteristics of a good search engine?
  • How can gopherspace be improved to make information retrieval easier?
  • Are people who are familiar with the Internet and searches more or less advantaged than others? Would this be considered an inequity that exists in the United States currently?
  • What are the top three search engines or sources that you go to for credible information? What are the characteristics of these websites that would deem them as being credible?
  • According to Nelson, “One reason that resource discovery is difficult on the Internet is that many resources are not ‘advertised’ well or are difficult to access.” How have online resources attempted to advertise themselves in the past? Why haven’t these advertisings or marketing plans worked?
  • Jack Solock uses the compares the internet to a Hall of Mirrors, arguing that different websites distort our reality based on the purpose of the site, the author, accuracy, and the intended audience. Do you agree with this, or is there more to it?
  • Jack Solock ask: “Is the Internet worth using as an information medium?” I wonder, is it even possible to use the internet without using it as an information medium (other than playing games, etc)?
  • How do you determine the quality of information?
  • Do you think there should be an “official online academic endorsement,” similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal, placed on websites frequently used by students. If so, who would issue the endorsement and how would you recommend it be managed?
  • Whose responsibility should it be to verify the authenticity of data on the internet? Individuals, the government, consumer groups? Would this verification severely alter the nature of the internet?
  • How do you recommend librarians and teachers educate children about surfing the internet to prevent information anxiety?
  • Would it be useful to substitute a traditional course such as home economics or woodshop with a research and technology based course in Washington State public schools?
  • What and how exactly do Wikipedia (and other websites that require users to edit and compile content) monitor the additions and subtractions to their sites? Is there any way to better verify the information on such a site?
  • Why is that the often Mozilla Firefox is not always compatible with certain websites (particularly online shopping sites)? It seems as though it is fairly mainstream, but still there seems to be sites that are not unable to run with Mozilla.
  • Nelson’s article says that “more new information has been produced within the last three decades, than in the last FIVE millennia”. The internet has not been readily available that long, so where does this influx in information production seem to have come from?

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