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date: 21 November 2019

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This article introduces some of the rudimentary underlying concepts of how the Internet works and points out a number of caveats that can influence the quality of collected data. Topics covered include Internet basics, technical problems, programming for the lowest common technology, client configuration issues, server side and data security issues, and the limits of precision. It is hoped that after becoming familiar with the information herein, researchers will be capable of determining whether the research application they are interested in pursuing is fit for the Internet medium, or whether technical issues will pose problems which threaten the validity of the work.

Keywords: Internet research, data collection, data quality

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