Browsing the UK Channel 4 website this evening I came across what seems to be a great idea – ORIGINATION:INSITE,
“Over the next two years ORIGINATION INSITE, working with a number of outstanding cultural partners and in collaboration with Culture Online, will help people develop websites that reflect the diversity and makeup of modern Britain. These sites will form part of a network of sites linked to from the Channel 4 website.”
The project is offering two day workshops to help people build their websites, to get their content out there onto the web. This seems like a fantastic idea for a project, and the content of some of the sites already developed is great … that is if you can access them. For this project, despite being able to choose from a whole host of excellent blog tools that can help non-technical users get their content out there in an accessible manner, chose some dreadful ‘web page building’ software. Therefore ensuring that all this really great content is marked up in a messy, invalid and inaccessible format.
What were Channel 4 thinking and who advised them on this project? The tools are out there to enable everyone to publish their content on the web and in a two day workshop you could do a lot with people on using a tool such as WordPress – even to the point of editing templates – and at least the resulting content would have some lifespan, and be accessible to everyone today.