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JILT 2000 (1) - Robinson - Appendix A

Creating a Safety Net - A Proposed Rating Form for Assessing the Quality of Legal Information in Websites

Alan Robinson
Legit, Australia
legit@shoal.net.au

Appendix A - Ranking and Implementation of H.E.T.I. Criteria

Importance (IMP) - reflects the importance of this criteria on assessing the quality of the information. 4 - Essential, 3 - Important, 2 - Desirable, 1 - Indifferent, 0 - Not at all.

Ease of Implementation (Ease) - reflects how easy it will be to develop the criteria in a consumer useable way, 4 - very easy, 3 - moderately easy, 2 - minor difficulty, 1 - substantial difficulty, 0 - would not be able to do.

Ideas on how to implement this criteria - how the criteria could be assessed by a consumer (e.g., under the criteria Credentials: Is the name of the author listed?(Yes/No) Are his/her credentials listed? (Yes/No)


 

Ranking

How to Implement

Criterion

IMP
(4-0)

Ease
(4-0)

How to implement this criteria

Example

Credentials

4

3

Is the name of the author listed? (Y/N)
Are his/her credentials listed? (Y/N)
How well do the credentials match the text? (5 – perfect match, 0 – not related)

C1 Credibility

C1.1 Source

     

C1.1a Source (e.g., organizational information)

     

C1.1b Credentials

     

C1.1.c Conflict of Interest

     

C1.1d Bias

     

C1.2 Context(e.g., advertising, medical condition)

     

C1.3 Currency

     

C1.4 Relevance/Utility

     

C1.5 Editorial Review Process

     

C2 Content

C2.1 Accuracy

     

C2.2 Hierarchy of Evidence

     

C2.3 Original Source Stated

     

C2.4 Disclaimer

     

C2.5 Omissions Noted

     

C3 Disclosure

C3.1 Purpose of the site (e.g., promotional, educational)

     

C3.2 Profiling (capture, sharing)

     

C4 Links

C4.1 Selection

     

C4.2 Architecture

     

C4.3 Content

     

C4.4 Back Linkages and Descriptions

     

C5 Design

C5.1 Accessibility (e.g., can be used with low-end device)

     

C5.2 Logical Organization

     

C5.3 Internal Search Engine

     

C6 Interactivity

C6.1 Mechanism for Feedback

     

C6.2 Chat Rooms (e.g., moderator present)

     

C6.3 Tailoring (e.g., based on what algorithm, e.g., AHCPR)

     

C7 Caveats

C7.1 Alerts

     

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