As discussed in earlier articles in this series, defining the information requirements and ensuring correct input is crucial to ensure that we don't get GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out).In an ideal world this means that in designing a system, the specification should reflect all the questions which the output is expected to support.
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Strategic Planning Planning and Budgeting Activity-Based Costing Customer Management Product Profitability Performance Management Management Reporting Cost Reduction Business Process Transformation Change Management Project Management Training To manage this information overload, companies spend billions of dollars on software designed to give their employees better access to the information they need.
Understanding the source and reliability of data is vital to having the confidence to make informed decisions.
One version of the truth is crucial to ensuring consistency and information credibility.
Remember to evaluate Note: To find relevant information about the author, check personal homepages on the Web, campus directory entries and information retrieved through search engines.
Also check print sources in the Library Reference area; Who's Who in America, Biography Index, and other biographical sources can be used to determine the author's credentials.
"But when you do the link command," November said, "you see lots of other Web sites, like the Baltimore County Police Hate Directory, that explain that Arthur Butz is a revisionist historian." The link command is only one way to validate information on the Internet.
"You always want to do a search on the name of the author," November said.
Knowing the motive behind the page's creation can help you judge its content.
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"And the people who want to persuade them will win, because we did not give them the survival skills of being critical discriminators of different versions of the truth." Schools must teach students to validate information they find on the Internet, November said. "The Internet offers a very powerful cross-referencing strategy called the link command," November said.