The Emory University page is a huge resource for Post-colonial studies. It is broadly organised as a book might be organised. It has the appearance of an early contributor to the World Wide Web. The navigation feels limited and the sheer volume of information overwhelming once the uninspiring threshold has been crossed. It’s intimidating.
The Univeristy of Chicago site was, though flawed, more navigable and therefore more useful than this one. Both sites are very useful and of great help to the academic researcher or web-wandering curious however they could both be better suited to their medium.
Internet research is characterised by quantity in the first place. There are numerous sites that respond to, for example, a Google search on one’s chosen subject. In order to determine if a site is a good one the researcher needs to assess the value of each very quickly. Such assessments of these sites are difficult, our site should achieve this ‘hook.’ What benefit can our work be to others if it is difficult to engage with, or even appears to be difficult to engage with.
Of concern is that what we have as a group is research followed by discussion and only the research can be uploaded. The discussion is … nowhere. There is value in the discussion and surely this medium of the internet can present this better than any other meduim. Academic essays could then be presented as support to the presentations and discussions, as further reading.
To be an engaging and valueable presentation of all our work our site could take the form of the widget of expanding headings featured on this page and the heading featured on this page, a part of the artandculture.com website. If our entire site was constructed in this way with strong links between subjects in heavier type it could engage the researcher and facilitate connections between and within subjects. It could even set a precedent for other collaborative research projects. It does not have to be a sequence of pages between covers, it could be much more, it could be a new approach, a new opprotunity for sharing knowledge.