Title: Defining a framework for the evaluation of information

Authors: M. Darlington, S.J. Culley, Y. Zhao, S.A. Austin, L.C.M. Tang

Addresses: IdMRC, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. ' IdMRC, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. ' IdMRC, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK. ' IMCRC, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics, LE11, UK. ' IMCRC, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics, LE11, UK

Abstract: In any enterprise, decisions need be made during the life cycle of information about its management. This requires information evaluation to take place; a little-understood process. For evaluation support to be both effective and resource efficient, some sort of automatic or semi-automatic evaluation method would be invaluable. Such a method would require an understanding of the diversity of the contexts in which evaluation takes place so that evaluation support can have the necessary context-sensitivity. This paper identifies the dimensions influencing the information evaluation process and defines the elements that characterise them, thus providing the foundations for a context-sensitive evaluation framework.

Keywords: information value; information evaluation; through-life information support; information life cycle; information preservation; information curation; context-sensitive evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIQ.2008.022959

International Journal of Information Quality, 2008 Vol.2 No.2, pp.115 - 132

Published online: 05 Feb 2009 *

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