On Verifying the Accuracy of Information: Philosophical Perspectives

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106211
Title:
On Verifying the Accuracy of Information: Philosophical Perspectives
Author:
Fallis, Don
Citation:
On Verifying the Accuracy of Information: Philosophical Perspectives 2004, 52(3) Library Trends
Publisher:
University of Illinois
Journal:
Library Trends
Issue Date:
2004
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106211
Submitted date:
2006-10-20
Abstract:
How can one verify the accuracy of recorded information (e.g., information found in books, newspapers, and on Web sites)? In this paper, I argue that work in the epistemology of testimony (especially that of philosophers David Hume and Alvin Goldman) can help with this important practical problem in library and information science. This work suggests that there are four important areas to consider when verifying the accuracy of information: (i) authority, (ii) independent corroboration, (iii) plausibility and support, and (iv) presentation. I show how philosophical research in these areas can improve how information professionals go about teaching people how to evaluate information. Finally, I discuss several further techniques that information professionals can and should use to make it easier for people to verify the accuracy of information.
Type:
Journal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)
Language:
en
Keywords:
Philosophy; Internet; Social Epistemology
Local subject classification:
accuracy; information; testimony; epistemology; verifiability

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dc.contributor.authorFallis, Donen_US
dc.date.accessioned2006-10-20T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:42:36Z-
dc.date.issued2004en_US
dc.date.submitted2006-10-20en_US
dc.identifier.citationOn Verifying the Accuracy of Information: Philosophical Perspectives 2004, 52(3) Library Trendsen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106211-
dc.description.abstractHow can one verify the accuracy of recorded information (e.g., information found in books, newspapers, and on Web sites)? In this paper, I argue that work in the epistemology of testimony (especially that of philosophers David Hume and Alvin Goldman) can help with this important practical problem in library and information science. This work suggests that there are four important areas to consider when verifying the accuracy of information: (i) authority, (ii) independent corroboration, (iii) plausibility and support, and (iv) presentation. I show how philosophical research in these areas can improve how information professionals go about teaching people how to evaluate information. Finally, I discuss several further techniques that information professionals can and should use to make it easier for people to verify the accuracy of information.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Illinoisen_US
dc.subjectPhilosophyen_US
dc.subjectInterneten_US
dc.subjectSocial Epistemologyen_US
dc.subject.otheraccuracyen_US
dc.subject.otherinformationen_US
dc.subject.othertestimonyen_US
dc.subject.otherepistemologyen_US
dc.subject.otherverifiabilityen_US
dc.titleOn Verifying the Accuracy of Information: Philosophical Perspectivesen_US
dc.typeJournal Article (On-line/Unpaginated)en_US
dc.identifier.journalLibrary Trendsen_US
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