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KJB101 – Assessment 2, Website Analysis
Introduction

The websites that have been assessed are ones pertaining to Obesity in Australia. The three sites I have chosen are the Parliamentary Library, Kate Lundy’s Homepage and Measure Up. All information on the Authors is referred to on the checklist.

The Angle I am looking for with these sites relates to information regarding wether or not Obesity really is a problem in Australia and if so is there significant information to discover what to do if you are obese or at risk.

Website 1

Parliament of Australia – Parliamentary Library

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Figure 1.1

www.aph.gov.au

Check List

URL

The URL is a legitimate .gov address which is extremely hard to obtain or track. Therefore this gives the website credit and authority.

Linked to an institution

This is the official Parliamentary site for Australia. There is a clear list of sources at the bottom of the webpage (www.aph.gov.au).

Footnotes or working links

There are footnotes, which include basic copyright and legal information.

Identified experts

Mandy Biggs, Senior Researcher, Department of Parliamentary Services.

Listed elsewhere

The webpage is listed at the Australian Policy Online LinkBoard (http://www.apo.org.au/linkboard/list.chtml?topic=Health&_wb_offset=560)

Advertising

No advertising, proving no allegiance or responsibilities to anyone but themselves.

Contactable

Yes, Mandy Biggs is personally contactable.

Professional appearance

The Website is very professional in appearance it is also very clinical. This is because it is a parliamentary library document therefore the use of multimedia or bright colours would not be appropriate.

Clear writing

The writing is very clunky with some minor grammatical errors.

Updates

This article has not been updated since 2007

Overall Credibility Depth, Interactivity and Interconnectivity

Overall, this site is very credible, being an official parliamentary library document written by a senior researcher. The page goes into significant detail and puts forward a solid argument with links that are relevant and back up the points made. The site has little to no interactivity.

Website 2

Tackling Obesity – Senator Kate Lundy

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Figure 2.1

http://www.katelundy.com.au/obesity.htm

Check List

URL

The URL is registered to Kate Lundy therefore it is personal page (Figure 2.2).

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Figure 2.2

Linked to an institution

Kate Lundy was once elected the Labor senator for the ACT and is still an active member of several parliamentary committees.

Footnotes or working links

No footnotes, however all links are working.

Identified experts

Kate Lundy - http://www.katelundy.com.au/Aboutkate.htm

Listed elsewhere

Advertising

No advertising, proving no allegiance or responsibilities to anyone but herself.

Contactable

Yes, Kate is personally contactable

Professional appearance

Not very professional in appearance, looks like a DIY job (Figure 2.1)

Clear writing

The writing is very clear and free from spelling and grammar mistakes.

Updates

The page in question is an adjournment speech given in 2003, so therefore not very current. However the site is brand new and has media releases from 2009.

Overall Credibility Depth, Interactivity and Interconnectivity

Although not as credible as an official .gov site, with Kate Lundy’s credentials and experience it does make her an authority on the topic. She does go into significant depth and raises her points quite convincingly. However none of the information is backed up with links, there is quite a bit of interactivity involved in the site but none that would be useful to the topic. Interactivity is all but non-existent.

Website 3

Measure Up

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Figure 3.1

www.measureup.gov.au

Check List

URL

The URL is a...
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