Mozart versus Minsky: Information bias on the Internet

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Notes that until the advent of the Internet, major libraries and text repositories were considered by all as bastions of information, but the Internet has opened up a treasure-trove of information for researchers and seekers of knowledge throughout the world. It has become common practice by researchers of all kinds to turn to the Internet as a convenient source of information. Asks how effectively does the Internet really present these researchers with a representative picture of the state of human knowledge? Identifies the potential misuse of the Internet as a source of biased information. Defines biased information as information not representative of the state of human knowledge. In order to provide a basis for comparison, begins by defining the concept of a representative subset, which is used as a basis for comparing the nature of different information resources. This is followed by a presentation of the use of the knowledge-comparison function in evaluating different information resources. Then discusses the significance of information equivalence in the information age as a basis for setting concrete goals for Internet research policy. Concludes by presenting a number of courses of action including a description of X-DEX, an Internet indexing standard based on the US Library of Congress cross-reference system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalInternet Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1997


  • Information
  • Internet
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Libraries


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