Research on the Status Quo and System Architecture of the Web Information Resource Evaluation

  • Wei Xu
  • Ji Liu
  • Xiangxing Shen
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 252)


Web information resource evaluation (website evaluation) becomes more and more important, as the web information resources become larger and more complex. Thus, a lot of theory and methods have been developed to evaluate websites. In this paper, the author analyzes the primary methods applied currently in the evaluation of the web information resource and points out the main problems in this area from the perspectives of qualitative evaluation, quantitative evaluation, synthetic evaluation and automatic evaluation, after making an in-depth and comprehensive research of the literature and evaluation tools at home and abroad. Furthermore, the paper concludes that the evaluation of information resource on the Internet should take the internal and external characteristics into consideration, in the meantime, the paper puts forward a system architecture scheme of the automatic website evaluation based on the usability engineering.


Analytical Hierarchy Process Correspondence Analysis Index System Synthetic Evaluation Automatic Evaluation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Xu
    • 1
  • Ji Liu
    • 1
  • Xiangxing Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.School Information ManagementWuhan UniversityWuhanChina

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