Week 3 – Questions

Here are your questions from Week 3.

  • Ashika:
    1) What can users do to help make searching more effective for the user?
    2) What are some different types of data banks that could be created for gathering more academic information aside from school created banks?
    3) What other alternatives do we have when it comes to accessing information online?
  • Bilkay
    1. With all the changing methods in receiving and sending communication in the past 10 years, has this had an influence on our communication culture? [closed]
    2. With the capability for anyone to post anything on-line, will we see a day in which peer reviews are prevalent on-line? Can we adopt that concept on the Internet? [closed]
    3. Does the new information age make us better educated or knowledgeable people? On the other hand, does it hinder our ability to attain information and education from a notable source, like books and academic papers? [closed]
  • Bocretio (stephen)
    1) What might you add to a search engine or web pages to measure content reliability or your tolerance for unreliability?
    2) When does it matter if the content on a given page is reliable?
    3) What tools or mechanisms do you use to handle the amount of information coming to you?
  • Candice
    1. In the conclusion of his article, “We Have the Information…” Mark Nelson writes, “Society faces an over-abundance of data that needs to be evaluated and acted upon.” Do we? Is there any more information than there’s ever been or any more action that there has ever been upon us? [closed]
    2. Jack Solock writes that in 1996, “…Many sites gratuitously use multimedia and graphics.” Is that still the case? If so, which ones? What it gratuitous and why?
    3. Mark Nelson identifies two “major factors affecting the ability of people to access information effectively: information literacy and application usability.” In 2009, do these problems remain the two “major factors” or have the obstacles changed? [closed]
  • Chad
    1. Describe an instance when inaccurate information from the Internet caused you hardship.
    2. How can “information illiteracy” impact a person’s life?
    3. What are some ways to refine your search engine queries to improve the accuracy of results?
  • Corey
    1. With screen resolutions continually rising, how will designers and developers be able to adapt their information to fit every screen? Will some people be left out or can the same information be provided to anyone, even if they are using legacy technologies?
    2. If the internet continues to expand at this rate, what are the chances of going backward and having ISP’s control the areas of the internet that we are able to view? Would this effectively stop information overload or be an infringement on our freedom?
    3. In the past, the majority of internet pages have been created by both developers and designers. How important is it to have a third category of content creators?
  • ctdg28 (chadrose)
    1. How do you transform information into structured knowledge, if a lot of people that are not knowledgeable sources are able to post information on the internet such as wikipedia?
    2. What is a more efficient way to search material onthe wed other than nodes and gophers?
    3.How can the government be involved in filtering truthful information to be accessible to the public and still allow citize
  • Gulya
    1- What are the real pros and cons of the Internet and our access to the vast amounts of information available?
    2- Do you think that it is realistic to expect the technologies to allow us to eventually filter the information faster and more efficiently via various search engines, considering that it is still relatively new? (closed)
    3 – How can the search engines be modified in order to eliminate wasting time looking thru junk and irrelevant information in the future?
  • gcrotts glen (short)
    1) How do you feel about using Google to research sources of academic reference?
    2) What concerns do you have when using the internet to research academic sources?
    3) Where, specifically, do you typically research important information in your life? (If printed please specify, if websites or search engines please specify)
  • jcorning
    1 How important are search engines in organizing and categorizing the Internet? What are some of the benefits and drawbacks to relying on search engines to find the information you need?
    2 One of the key criticisms from Solock’s article was the unreliability of the information available. How do you know what information to trust or distrust when using the Internet? What are some of the criteria you use?
    3 Nelson talks at length about the volume of information on the Internet. What mechanisms do you use to “filter” that information to a useful, manageable load, and conversely, how do you stay abreast of new information in a field or subject that you are interested in?
  • John
    Q1 – What can we do to reduce personal expectations (Wurman’s gap) between what we understand and what we think we should understand?
    Q2 – As a society, how can we address the disconnect between the value we place on information accessibility and our limited ability to use it?
    Q3 – How might scientific advances toward increased human potential support a more user-friendly data environment?
  • Katarina
    (1) How would a “truth” police be implemented in the decentralized structure of the Internet and how could it be enforced?
    (2) What do you think are the consequences of living in a world where everyone lies? What are the consequences of the “information overload” of the Internet?
    (3) Nicolas Negroponte coined the phrase “The Daily Me” to describe a personalized newspaper. With the overcompensation of the need for relevancy, how will that affect our exposure to new and diverse information?
  • lang2
    Question 1: In what was do you utilize the increased amounts of information available to the average person with an internet connection?
    Question 2: Explain how the increased amount of information has changed your opinion on a topic relevant to your life.
    Question 3: If you feel like you’ve been overloaded with information, explain how you’ve been able to recover from this and what your methods are in preventing this from reoccurring.
  • laym
    1) What do you think is the best way to prove a source is more credible than another?
    2) How do people abuse their power on the internet by making sources less credible and publishing the information on the internet?
    3) How could the internet be “monitored” in a way so information that is not reliable cannot be put on the net for everyone to view?
  • lorcaj
    -How do we feel, individually, about an information buffet?
    -What can we change to control the quantity and quality of information we receive?
    -Has the element of “Hollywood” saturated the news world?
  • Madeline
    1. How has the Internet affected the quality of research?
    2. What would be the main source of getting information if all search engines crashed tomorrow?
    3. How do we as a society prioritize what information should be evaluated and acted upon?
  • Mandy
    1. Now that much information is readily accessible via the internet, what is the fate of the Public Library?
    2. How can a search engine determine what information is reliable?
    3. Is it possible to monitor information reliability on the internet when people are constantly publishing new information? [closed]
  • Megan
    – How does a person who is searching a topic completely foreign to them begin to validate information that is being presented?
    – How will the quality of information be affected as the amount of information continues to increase?
    – How will search engines in the future better personalize searches?
  • mjcap
    1 What are “False Drops?”
    2 What is “Information Literacy?”
    3 What are the first three items that you look for on a website?
  • mogibson
    1) How can we recognize internet sites that are “Halls of Mirrors”?
    2) What category system can we use to separate fact-based information websites from opinion-based information websites?
    3) How can we limit the amount of daily information we receive?
  • Quoc
    1. With the use of the internet, how has the it helped our lives in communication break down barriers that weren’t available in the past?
    2. In the high speed information age if we the capability to contribute to the internet, what would we change about it to make things easier for others to access information?
    3. Thinking about my parents on this question and knowing that they know little to nothing about computers, how would you explain to a person how searching for information is easier for their lives?
  • Rob
    1 What will happen if our education systems cannot keep pace as the world becomes increasingly complex to navigate?
    2 What are some of the possible effects of having too much information? Too little?
    3 How much information is just right? How would we know?
  • Robert
    1. Given the Internet’s existence as an open and infinitely alterable medium, what are some methods society might develop to ensure the authenticity, verifiability, and accuracy of information on the web?
    2. How do you verify the relevance or authenticity of content you find on the Internet?
    3. Polls and surveys have shown that people are using the Internet to get more and more of their information about a greater variety of subjects. What consequences do you envision this “Internetcentrism” as having on the next generation?
  • Rylan
    1) How do website reputations play into your browsing habits?
    2) How do you think Google’s abandoned efforts to digitize and make available the worlds books would change Solock’s view of the quality of information available on the web?
    3) What do you think the consequences of having an internet presented predominately in English are?
  • Shane
    1. If the web is so huge and diverse, why do you think viral links are so popular and universal? [closed]
    2. Will humans be able to program search engines well enough that social bookmarking will be irrelevant? [closed]
    a. More importantly – why is this a good thing?
    3. How can we know if anything is truthful on the web? If traditional media has safeguards and professional ethics to help keep them truthful and honest (in most cases), what safeguards do we have that mass disinformation won’t take place via a viral marketing campaign or just through natural meme outcroppings?
  • sew28 (Sarah)
    1. What non-mainstream search engines have been reliable for you?
    2. Solock raises an interesting argument whether the internet is a window to the world or a hall of mirrors. What are the repercussions of the internet being a “hall of mirrors”?
    3. What interesting points does Nelson bring up about “volume”?
  • Tressa
    1. With so much on the Internet and even with helpful tools, how do you determine the accuracy of the information the quickest way? Which ways are the least time consuming?
    2. How will public libraries adapt to the future of digital information?
    3. There are so many applications, such as Blogs, Flickr, Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Tumblr, Google Reader, del.icio.us, YouTube, Feedfriend, Amazon wishlist, etc. How would time management and organization be different if they all could be interactive and communicate with one another?
  • Tyler – no post
  • voortman (Cindy) – no post

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