Quality in Online Science: Concepts and Recommendations for the Future

A Decade in Internet Time Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, 2011

9 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2011

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Alastair J Gill

University of Surrey

Maria Xenitidou

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nigel Gilbert

University of Surrey - Department of Sociology

Date Written: September 12, 2011

Abstract

A decade ago, Neus et al. (2001) noted the negative impact of the internet upon matters of ‘information quality’. With the internet making publishing virtually cost-free, many processes that used to evaluate the ‘quality’ of information are now becoming less relevant, leaving a question about the alternatives. Assessing quality is difficult because it cannot be directly measured, it often varies according to the point in time of the evaluation and the task at hand and it is often emotive and politicized. It can also depend upon individual, opinion, with similar measures proving divergent in practice (e.g., Martens and Martens, 2001; Bartneck and Hu, 2009). In this paper, we report work that seeks firstly to understand quality in scientific online settings better, and secondly, make recommendations for the design and implementation of self-organizing quality systems (such as scientific communities in which scholars share, evaluate, and access relevant information).

Keywords: Science, Research, Quality, Language, Discourse Analysis

Suggested Citation

Gill, Alastair J and Xenitidou, Maria and Gilbert, Nigel, Quality in Online Science: Concepts and Recommendations for the Future (September 12, 2011). A Decade in Internet Time Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1916615

Alastair J Gill (Contact Author)

University of Surrey ( email )

Guildford
Guildford, Surrey GU2 5XH
United Kingdom

Maria Xenitidou

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Nigel Gilbert

University of Surrey - Department of Sociology ( email )

United States

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