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ERIC Number: ED549965
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 196
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-1216-7
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User-Centered Evaluation of the Quality of Blogs
Chuenchom, Sutthinan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Texas
Blogs serve multiple purposes, resulting in several types of blogs that vary greatly in terms of quality and content. It is important to evaluate the quality of blogs, which requires appropriate evaluation criteria. Unfortunately, there are minimal studies on framework and the specific criteria and indicators for evaluating the quality of blogs. Moreover, quality is related to user perception, and should therefore be evaluated by the receivers. This dissertation examines the criteria and indicators that blog users consider important for evaluating the quality of blogs, and develops a user-centered framework for evaluating quality by conducting user surveys and post-survey email interviews. The personal characteristics that affect the users' choices of criteria to evaluate the quality of blogs are examined as well. The study's findings include (1) the criteria that users consider important when evaluating the quality of blogs are content quality, usability, authority, and blog credibility; (2) the indicators that blog users consider most important for evaluating the quality of blogs are understandability, accuracy, believability, currency, ease of use, and navigation; and (3) gender, education level, age, profession, purpose of use, and specific interests affect the user's choices of criteria for evaluating the quality of blogs. Future research may involve exploring and applying the framework developed in this study to build automatic quality blog identification system for the purpose of assisting web users and information specialists to identify quality blogs. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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