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Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - BAJR Host - 22nd July 2008

What would people think about giving a web award to Wessex Archaeology?

Content
Useability
Look

http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/


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remember the first award went to LP archaeology Prescot Street
http://www.lparchaeology.com/prescot/about/the-first-ever-bajr-web-award


"I don't have an archaeological imagination.."
Borekickers


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - achingknees - 22nd July 2008

No! Just looked at the link. First impression - why the different and jumbled fonts for the period box? Clicked on Palaeolithic, looked at seven of the site links. Palaeolithic not mentioned for any of them...:face-confused:


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - BAJR Host - 22nd July 2008

TAG clouds... supposed to help in seeing where the largest numbers of that particular period are... larger fond, larger number.

you are right though... NO palaeolithic in any of the first page. will comment to them on this.

"I don't have an archaeological imagination.."
Borekickers


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - Digitaldigging - 22nd July 2008

Definite yes - over the years they've eagerly embraced changes in technology and treated their website as a primary source, not just an afterthought. They adopted Scribd almost right away and have been distributing their images under a CC license through Flickr for ages. The images taken are of a high professional standard and are often uploaded while the digs are in progress.
They also run an internal blogging service so that their archaeologists have a centralised place from which they can keep the public up to date about current projects.
It must be said, though, that the navigation could do with a bit of work, although that in itself is an indication of the plethora of content.


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - BAJR Host - 22nd July 2008

agreed with that... which is why they are up there at the front.

The adoption of Scribd for example was right at the start (like BAJR) and reports are being read and accessible... images and videos and podcasts too...

"I don't have an archaeological imagination.."
Borekickers


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - historic building - 22nd July 2008

The navigation is a nightmare but there is a lot of stuff there. How often are these awards?


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - achingknees - 22nd July 2008

Quote:quote:Originally posted by Digitaldigging

Definite yes - over the years they've eagerly embraced changes in technology and treated their website as a primary source, not just an afterthought.

They might embrace new technology, but standard cross-referencing is out of the window. Some links have no content. My comments about the Palaeolithic section also hold for the Mesolithic. Can't be bothered to check up any other periods...

Mr Hosty, credit where credit's due...surely not this website...


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - Unitof1 - 23rd July 2008

Maybe the completion should be split into those produced by Commercial Units and those produced by Educational Trusts.


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - BAJR Host - 23rd July 2008

No need, as one man bands can be just as good (take BAJR or Past Horizons as examples)

"I don't have an archaeological imagination.."
Borekickers


Wessex Archaeology - BAJR web award - Unitof1 - 23rd July 2008

But a horse of what colour, a website good at what. I would presume that an Educational Trust has a Specific aim and remit where as your one man band and commercial enterprises are working under different economics and dynamic, so for instance a commercial exploitation of archaeology may be looking/ having to incorporate Advertising (generally or for the client) whilst Educational trusts might have to direct their content to promote the ?advancement of the education of the public in the subjects of culture, arts, heritage and science through the pursuit of archaeology? to the uneducated general public and mankind for which it gets generous tax exemptions.

Maybe a joint category should be the web site which best promotes their business