1.6 Information Formats Dan Webb

Web Pages

Web pages are what make up the World Wide Web. These documents are written in HTML (hypertext markup language) and are translated by your Web browser.

The purpose of an information centric website is to convey specific, helpful information to a specific user/audience so that the reader learns something new or understands a topic better.

People use it in order to spread out their own knowledge about life and what is currently happening elsewhere, an example of this is the news.

They simply navigate using their mouse and type in commands using their keyboard, in order to find whichever web page they want to find.

Blogs

A regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style.

The purpose of writing blogs could be promotion of a product or service, awareness about social issues, information sharing about any subject or purely passion for writing.

People would write their opinions about a topic by writing/typing it and publishing it, so that could be for a magazine or a webpage.

It can be accessed through the internet on your phone or computer, or as an app depending on what platform the blog is on.

Podcasts

A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

The purpose of a podcast is to listen to audio or video files in which the user has downloaded instead of music.

People use it by playing it as an MP3 file in which plays the sound from which they downloaded earlier.

This can be accessed through pretty much any device from a computer to phone/ tablet.

Streamed audio and video

To stream audio and video when there is a constant flow of content from a platform over the internet.

With streaming media, a user does not have to wait to download a file to play it. Because the media is sent in a continuous stream of data it can play as it arrives.

People may use it for an instant source of information like for the news, or for entertainment purposes like music or videos on YouTube or iTunes for music, movies and other videos.

It can be accessed through devices like computers or smartphones/tablets, but they have to be connected to the internet.

Social media channels

Social media is the collective of online communications channels dedicated to community-based input, interaction, content-sharing and collaboration.

To keep in touch with people who you wouldn’t normally talk to, as well as to share your opinion to everyone. It is also used for entertainment and looking at the news.

On devices like computers and smartphones/tablets, as long as they are connected to the internet, they can access social media channels.

It can be accessed through devices like computers or smartphones/tablets, but they have to be connected to the internet.

Document stores

Is a computer program designed for storing, retrieving and managing document-oriented information, also known as semi-structured data.

The purpose of it is to allow a user to store, access and manage their information as the document stores give the user the ability to input any form of information onto them.

Generally, people use these document stores for things like: storing personal information, writing a letter, school work, office work, etc.

To access it, the user would firstly need to own the software which allows you to document the information. Then they would need to use their keyboard and mouse, or touchscreen if they were using another device, to navigate to the software in which they would want to use.

RSS feed

RSS (Rich Site Summary) is a format for delivering regularly changing web content. Many news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it.

To publish frequently updated information: blog entries, news headlines, audio, video.

You can start subscribing to your favourite sites, the news allows you to stay up to date on what is happening in the world.

By using your device, you would need to search for the specific RSS feed which you want, using the mouse and keyboard.

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