Take me back: Validating the wayback machine

Jamie Murphy, Noor Hazarina Hashim, Peter O'Connor

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Abstract

Although fields such as e-commerce, information systems, and computer-mediated communication (CMC) acknowledge the importance of validity, validating research tools or measures in these domains seems the exception rather than the rule. This article extends the concept of validation to one of an emerging genre of web-based tools that provide new measures, the Wayback Machine (WM). Drawing in part on social science tests of validity, the study progresses from testing for and demonstrating the weakest form of validity, face validity, to the more demanding tests for content, predictive, and convergent validity. Finally, the study tests and shows nomological validity, using the diffusion of innovations theory. In line with prior diffusion research, the results of tests for predictive and nomological validity showed significant relationships with organizational characteristics and two WM measures: website age and number of updates. The results help validate these measures and demonstrate the utility of the WM for studying evolving website use.

LanguageEnglish
Pages60-75
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Take me back : Validating the wayback machine. / Murphy, Jamie; Hashim, Noor Hazarina; O'Connor, Peter.

In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, Vol. 13, No. 1, 01.10.2007, p. 60-75.

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Murphy, Jamie ; Hashim, Noor Hazarina ; O'Connor, Peter. / Take me back : Validating the wayback machine. In: Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. 2007 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 60-75
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