[Air-L] Criteria for proving that online data (especially forumcomments) are real?

Marj Kibby Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au
Thu Jul 26 14:01:22 PDT 2012

Is there additional onus of proof for web based material? How do you prove that survey responses are real, that notes from interviews are real ....

The verification is in how you frame the project and write up the results.


Associate Professor Marjorie Kibby, B.Ed, M.A, Ph.D, FHERDSA
Director, Student Experience FEDUA
Head of Discipline: Film, Media and Cultural Studies
School of Humanities and Social Science
The University of Newcastle  Callaghan NSW 2308 Australia
Marj.Kibby at newcastle.edu.au
+61 2 49216604
>>> Maria Eronen <m85327 at student.uwasa.fi> 27/07/12 6:24 AM >>>

Would anyone know what are the criteria concerning internet material's  
validity? Is it common that you as a researcher will be asked to prove  
that the material you have collected from the internet is real. Since  
a lot of internet data disappears everyday, mere url addresses are not  
enough. Even html files can be modified after saving webpages.

I would appreciate if someone had time to answer.


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