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04-11-2012, 03:32 AM (This post was last modified: 04-11-2012 07:31 AM by DLJ.)
Help required. Book review.
Anybody got any spare time?

I know, silly question.

A mutual friend of ours (I'm sure you can work out who) is soon to publish a mighty tome.

I have offered to assist with the quality review but time is not on my side. No, I don't mean I'm dying, don't get your hopes up, but what with all the drunken debauchery, self-abuse and womanising... I guess I should spend less time on TTA but that's unthinkable.

Anyhoo...

I figured that if there were a few volunteers, we could take a chapter or two each and knock it out in no time (no, frankiej, that's not what I meant, I know how your mind works).

No need to be a content expert either cos mainly the objective is to check for typos and readability.

Ok, if you've read this far, I'm guessing you might be tempted so this is where I get technical (or detached, cold and unemotional if you agree with Ato's analysis (he's not wrong)).

Quality reviews can be approached with a number of different criteria in mind. If you have time and want to get involved, please state what kind of review you'd prefer to do and you'll get sent a chapter (or whatever you have time for) so please choose one or more review criteria from the list below:

Thank you.

The red ones are the most urgent i.e. Accuracy also includes e.g. correct use of English.
But from the quality of debate I've witnessed on TTA, there are many who could have a crack at e.g. Objectivity and Reputation.


Goals—The goals of information are divided into three sub-dimensions of quality:

1. Intrinsic quality:
Accuracy —The extent to which information is correct and reliable
Objectivity —The extent to which information is unbiased, unprejudiced and impartial
Believability —The extent to which information is regarded as true and credible
Reputation —The extent to which information is highly regarded in terms of its source or content

2. Contextual and representational quality (the extent to which information is applicable to the task of the information user and is presented in an intelligible and clear manner, recognising that information quality depends on the context of use). It includes:
Relevancy —The extent to which information is applicable and helpful for the task at hand
Completeness —The extent to which information is not missing and is of sufficient depth and breadth for the task at hand
Currency —The extent to which information is sufficiently up to date for the task at hand
Appropriate amount of information —The extent to which the volume of information is appropriate for the task at hand
Concise representation —The extent to which information is compactly represented
Consistent representation —The extent to which information is presented in the same format
Interpretability —The extent to which information is in appropriate languages, symbols and units, with clear definitions
Understandability —The extent to which information is easily comprehended
Ease of manipulation —The extent to which information is easy to manipulate and apply to different tasks

3. Security/accessibility quality (not required this time)—The extent to which information is available or obtainable. It includes:
Availability/timeliness —The extent to which information is available when required, or easily and quickly retrievable
Restricted access —The extent to which access to information is restricted appropriately to authorised parties

For those that might ask "What's in it for me?" I say to thee, your reward shall be in heaven.
But if you ever get over to my neck of the woods I can offer ... well you can guess.

Cheers
DLJ

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04-11-2012, 07:28 AM
RE: Help required. Book review.
(04-11-2012 03:32 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Anybody got any spare time?

I know, silly question.

A mutual friend of ours (I'm sure you can work out who) is soon to publish a mighty tome.

I have offered to assist with the quality review but time is not on my side. No, I don't mean I'm dying, don't get your hopes up, but what with all the drunken debauchery, self-abuse and womanising... I guess I should spend less time on TTA but that's unthinkable.

Anyhoo...

I figured that if there were a few volunteers, we could take a chapter or two each and knock it out in no time (no, frankiej, that's not what I meant, I know how your mind works).

No need to be a content expert either cos mainly the objective is to check for typos and readability.

Ok, if you've read this far, I'm guessing you might be tempted so this is where I get technical (or detached, cold and unemotional if you agree with Ato's anaylsis (he's not wrong)).

Quality reviews can be approached with a number of different criteria in mind. If you have time and want to get involved, please state what kind of review you'd prefer to do and you'll get sent a chapter (or whatever you have time for) so please choose one or more review criteria from the list below:

Thank you.

The red ones are the most urgent i.e. Accuracy also includes e.g. correct use of English.
But from the quality of debate I've witnessed on TTA, there are many who could have a crack at e.g. Objectivity and Reputation.


Goals—The goals of information are divided into three sub-dimensions of quality:

1. Intrinsic quality:
Accuracy —The extent to which information is correct and reliable
Objectivity —The extent to which information is unbiased, unprejudiced and impartial
Believability —The extent to which information is regarded as true and credible
Reputation —The extent to which information is highly regarded in terms of its source or content

2. Contextual and representational quality (the extent to which information is applicable to the task of the information user and is presented in an intelligible and clear manner, recognising that information quality depends on the context of use). It includes:
Relevancy —The extent to which information is applicable and helpful for the task at hand
Completeness —The extent to which information is not missing and is of sufficient depth and breadth for the task at hand
Currency —The extent to which information is sufficiently up to date for the task at hand
Appropriate amount of information —The extent to which the volume of information is appropriate for the task at hand
Concise representation —The extent to which information is compactly represented
Consistent representation —The extent to which information is presented in the same format
Interpretability —The extent to which information is in appropriate languages, symbols and units, with clear definitions
Understandability —The extent to which information is easily comprehended
Ease of manipulation —The extent to which information is easy to manipulate and apply to different tasks

3. Security/accessibility quality (not required this time)—The extent to which information is available or obtainable. It includes:
Availability/timeliness —The extent to which information is available when required, or easily and quickly retrievable
Restricted access —The extent to which access to information is restricted appropriately to authorised parties

For those that might ask "What's in it for me?" I say to thee, your reward shall be in heaven.
But if you ever get over to my neck of the woods I can offer ... well you can guess.

Cheers
DLJ
OK, I can help.

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04-11-2012, 08:10 AM
RE: Help required. Book review.
Thanks Chas, much appreciated.

What kinda review do you want to do?

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04-11-2012, 08:21 AM
RE: Help required. Book review.
(04-11-2012 08:10 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Thanks Chas, much appreciated.

What kinda review do you want to do?
I am probably best suited for copy editing: grammar, spelling, punctuation, and clarity, including continuity.

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04-11-2012, 09:03 AM
RE: Help required. Book review.
(04-11-2012 08:21 AM)Chas Wrote:  
(04-11-2012 08:10 AM)DLJ Wrote:  Thanks Chas, much appreciated.

What kinda review do you want to do?
I am probably best suited for copy editing: grammar, spelling, punctuation, and clarity, including continuity.

Excellent. That's just the skill we need.

Can you do 20,000 pages by tomorrow?



Nah! Kidding, of course.

I think the next step if for the author to send you a chapter.

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04-11-2012, 09:16 AM
RE: Help required. Book review.
(04-11-2012 09:03 AM)DLJ Wrote:  
(04-11-2012 08:21 AM)Chas Wrote:  I am probably best suited for copy editing: grammar, spelling, punctuation, and clarity, including continuity.

Excellent. That's just the skill we need.

Can you do 20,000 pages by tomorrow?



Nah! Kidding, of course.

I think the next step if for the author to send you a chapter.

Cheers.
Make it so.

It's in English, right?

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04-11-2012, 09:17 AM
RE: Help required. Book review.
What's the book about ?

Insufferable know-it-all.Einstein Certified Ancient Astronaut Theorist
Political skeptic .. if there is a bad reason something bad might have happened, you can bet your ass, that's why it happened.
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04-11-2012, 09:22 AM
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(04-11-2012 09:16 AM)Chas Wrote:  Make it so.

It's in English, right?

Yes but it's mainly pictures cos it's a critique on recent trends in hard-core pornography.

Anyone else out there interested in helping?

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04-11-2012, 09:23 AM
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(04-11-2012 09:17 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  What's the book about ?

Christianity.

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04-11-2012, 06:41 PM
RE: Help required. Book review.
I could help to do a bit of proofreading. I have a bit of trouble with punctuation, but spotting poor sentence structure and misspellings is not a problem.

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