Empirical evaluation of one of the relationships between the user, search engines, metadata and Web sites in three-letter .com Web sites

Weideman, Melius

South African Journal of Information Management

Weideman, M. 2004. Empirical evaluation of one of the relationships between the user, search engines, metadata and Web sites in three-letter .com Web sites. South African Journal of Information Management, 6(3). Accessible at http://reference.sabinet.co.za/webx/access/electronic_journals/info/info_v6_n3_a7.html

ABSTRACT.
The Internet offers large volumes of data to the user. The magnitude is impossible to measure, and there is no single categorization scheme in place to enable easy access to this data. Although many programs exist to enable Internet users to explore the landscape (friendly browsers, free search engines), general consensus exists that navigating the Internet is not a straightforward task. There appears to be a link between an Internet user, search engines, metadata and Web sites. The purpose of this research project was to inspect and report on one relationship between these four elements. Countless reports in research literature seem to suggest that Internet searching is a difficult, error-prone task. This research was done to investigate the relationships, and report on how metadata has been used. Results and conclusions seem to indicate that many websites do not use metatags at all, or fail to use them effectively.
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