Friday, March 25, 2016

Bias in search result algorithms

Matthew Reidsma recently posted about his research into search results from the Summon tool, and his work was referred to and built upon by both Barbara Fister and Dani B. Cook. Imperfections (aka bias) exist not only in information, but in tools which are meant to help us find information. It isn't just a matter of "question everything" or "question authority" but action too - not just looking for the best (that of god) in everyone but creating ways of finding the best in people and information. Creating and sharing meaning and purpose in community. Matthew's ways of allowing all users to participate in scrutinizing and questioning judgments made by corporations in order to improve information access is truly radical information literacy (Drew Whitworth). 

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