Where Do We Go Now?

Understanding Research on Navigation in Complex Digital Environments

Authored by: Kimberly A. Lawless , P. G. Schrader

Handbook of Research on New Literacies

Print publication date:  March  2008
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780805856514
eBook ISBN: 9781410618894
Adobe ISBN: 9781136650864


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While hypertext and the ideas surrounding it have clearly been around for decades (see Bush, 1945; Nelson, 1965), the recent and unprecedented growth of contemporary technologies has afforded and necessitated their exploration, development, and deployment (McKnight, Dillon, & Richardson, 1991). Current estimates of the World Wide Web, the most prominent manifestation of hypertext today, indicate that it is comprised of over 60 million servers housing more than 11.5 billion indexed pages (Gulli & Signorini, 2005). This estimate does not account for content that is not indexable by search engines (e.g., Google), sometimes called the “invisible Web,” which likely exceeds the amount of indexed content by 400 to 550 times (Lyman & Varian, 2000). These statistics reflect a startling 60,000% increase in quantity in less than 10 years.

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