What is Digital Information?
Digital Information is the information that we can obtain from, or upload to, the internet, or our computers, such as web pages, documents, emails, images, videos and databases. This just a small selection of what is available out there, there is much, much more. You just have to know what you are looking for.
Even though you may be able to find information, for just about anything you want to know on the internet, some web sites may not be accurate in the information that they are displaying. When using digital information from the internet for academic purposes, care must be taken to only use reputable sources. These sources would be educational, government or other trusted sources (University of Adelaide, 2014).
The image below displays some interesting statistical information gathered by Google on internet usage by the general population.
When shopping on the internet, it is important to ensure that the company you are buying from has a secure payment page. The way to identify this is by looking for the padlock security, or https:// at the front of the web address. This ensures the security of our digital information, such as credit card details or personal information.
Having had my credit card skimmed a few times now, I am ever on the alert for this type of fraud. As a teacher, I will be ensuring that my students are acutely aware of the need to protect their digital information, and the suffering that can occur, when this information is compromised.
Protection of Australian digital information.
To ensure that we are able to access digital information that may otherwise be lost to Australians forever, the National Library of Australia established an ever growing web archive called PANDORA (PANDORA, 2013). This is a collection of Australian online publications and websites. This image below shows the rate of growth of the Pandora archive, and the Pandora factsheet will give you further information on the Pandora project.
National Library of Australia (2013). PANDORA: Australia’s web archive. Retrieved from: http://pandora.nla.gov.au/
University of Adelaide (2014). Source Credibility: Writing centre learning guide. Retrieved from: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/learning_guides/learningGuide_sourceCredibility.pdf
Mashable.com. (2013). Tips to protect your identity online [image]. Retrieved from: http://mashable.com/2013/03/27/tips-against-identity-theft/#m!7a4c
SB Web Consulting Ltd. (2013). Information in the digital age [image]. Retrieved from: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/67272588157629618/