Read Wicked or Wonderful: Revisiting Wikipedia by Annette Lamb.Think about the value and challenges of using Wikipedia."We are not preparing children to be critical think- ers," he said."And the people who want to persuade them will win, because we did not give them the survival skills of being critical discriminators of different versions of the truth." Schools must teach students to validate information they find on the Internet, November said. "The Internet offers a very powerful cross-referencing strategy called the link command," November said.
In an academic setting, being able to critically evaluate information is necessary in order to conduct quality research.For example, it's estimated that anyone attempting to research what's known about depression would have to read over 100,000 studies on the subject.And there's the problem of trying to decide which studies have produced reliable results.Syntactic validation should enforce correct syntax of structured fields (e.g.SSN, date, currency symbol) while semantic validation should enforce correctness of their values in the specific business context (e.g.Each item you find must be evaluated to determine its quality and credibility in order to best support your research.