Geoffrey Bilder at CrossRef suggested the title “CrossRef and the Pursuit of Truthiness” to capture a critical issue facing scholarly publishers. On the Internet traditional systems of trust and authority are being questioned and dismissed in some quarters. There is a battle being waged between opposing camps about whether it is best to rely on experts as authoritative sources of information or whether the “wisdom of crowds” and web 2.0 magic will replace experts.
CrossRef and the Pursuit of Truthiness STM 2008 Frankfurt Conference 14 October 2008
How can we determine whether we can trust the material emanating from a site? The Web was originally conceived as a tool for researchers who trusted one another implicitly; strong models of security were not built in. We have been living with the consequences ever since. As a result, substantial research should be devoted to engineering layers of trust and provenance into Web interactions. ..."
Sir Tim told BBC News that there needed to be new systems that would give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources…So I'd be interested in different organisations labeling websites in different ways.
Authoritative article The key idea behind the knol project is to highlight authors. Name verification is by telephone number (US only) or credit card Knol is a wasteland of…text copied from elsewhere, outdated entries abandoned by their creators, self-promotion, spam, and a great many old college papers
Reliability and quality We write under our real names Participants write for academic credit