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Vigil-Hayes, Morgan Ashlee – ProQuest LLC, 2017
The Internet as a networked system has been rendered more complex than ever before as human endpoints are grafted into the system via increasingly pervasive and personalized networked devices. According to the United Nations, the Internet is a transnational enabler of a number of human rights, and as such, access to the Internet has been…
Descriptors: Internet, Computer Networks, Social Networks, Access to Information
Hyman, Jack Alan – ProQuest LLC, 2012
An increasing number of technologies and applications have begun to focus on mobile computing and the wireless Web as a way to conduct commerce-oriented transactions. M-commerce Websites that are usability friendly must emphasize information quality, system quality, and service quality, as these are proxy measures to mobile commerce user…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Usability, Internet, Telecommunications
Lee, Ally – ProQuest LLC, 2011
Over the past decade, there has been a change in the citizen-government relationship. Citizens have moved from a traditional face-to-face communication with their government, to an electronic interaction through the use of e-government systems. Emerging technology has enabled citizens to communicate with their government remotely. However, trust…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Information Systems, Predictor Variables, Focus Groups
Oh, Jeong Ha – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Models of user generated content (UGC) creation such as Facebook, MySpace, and YouTube are facing robust growth accelerated by the adoption of Web 2.0 technologies and standards. These business models offer a fascinating avenue for exploring the role of social influence online. This dissertation is motivated by the success of YouTube, which is…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Social Influences, Access to Information, Social Networks
Hardy, Darren – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Volunteered geographic information (VGI) refers to the geographic subset of online user-generated content. Through Geobrowsers and online mapping services, which use geovisualization and Web technologies to share and produce VGI, a global digital commons of geographic information has emerged. A notable example is Wikipedia, an online collaborative…
Descriptors: Proximity, Internet, Encyclopedias, Geography
Dorko, Laura A. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Self-injury (SI) is defined as the act of deliberately destroying one's own body tissue without suicidal intent in a way that is not widely socially acceptable and is not as a result of mental retardation, autism, or other developmental delays. The review of the self-injury literature focused on the definition, prevalence, and other basic aspects…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Mental Retardation, Injuries, Self Esteem
Dragut, Eduard Constantin – ProQuest LLC, 2010
An increasing number of Web sites expose their content via query interfaces, many of them offering the same type of products/services (e.g., flight tickets, car rental/purchasing). They constitute the so-called "Deep Web". Accessing the content on the Deep Web has been a long-standing challenge for the database community. For a user interested in…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Search Engines, Information Retrieval
Roberson, Keith W. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate a web-based college awareness program that would aid college-bound students in their search for a college or university that fit their interests. Since there is an increase in computer usage among high school aged students, and there are a very few college awareness programs included in the…
Descriptors: College Preparation, Interests, Rating Scales, Internet
Davis, Blair J. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Eating disorders (EDs) are a serious problem in the U.S. due to their rise in prevalence during the 20th century and high morbidity and mortality rates. A relatively new, controversial phenomenon, "pro-Ana" (pro-anorexia) and "pro-Mia" (pro-bulimia) Web sites, came to the public's attention around 2000. These sites are created by and for people…
Descriptors: Web Sites, College Students, Eating Disorders, Internet
Knight, Mary Beth – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Colleges and universities represent one of the most utilized sources of need-based financial aid information for students and families, and yet most research in access marketing is focused at the national and state levels. There is sparse published information about the effects of financial aid marketing observed through quantitative analysis, in…
Descriptors: Low Income Groups, Incidence, Attendance Patterns, Marketing
Olive, Geoffrey C. – ProQuest LLC, 2010
Improving Web accessibility for disabled users visiting a university's Web site is explored following the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act rules for Web page designers to ensure accessibility. The literature supports the view that accessibility is sorely lacking, not only in the USA, but also…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Accessibility (for Disabled), Guidelines, Court Litigation
Shen, Warren H. – ProQuest LLC, 2009
This dissertation studies information extraction (IE), the problem of extracting structured information from unstructured data. Example IE tasks include extracting person names from news articles, product information from e-commerce Web pages, street addresses from emails, and names of emerging music bands from blogs. IE is all increasingly…
Descriptors: Information Retrieval, Access to Information, Data Processing, Pattern Recognition
Matheus, Anne – ProQuest LLC, 2009
Every second of every minute of every day, many people search the World Wide Web for information. People are less likely to use hard copy telephone books, encyclopedias, libraries, or other traditional methods of research. They access these traditional resources through web based portals. People use the web to find restaurants, go on vacation, to…
Descriptors: Structural Equation Models, College Students, Factor Analysis, Web Sites