Archives, Or Lack Thereof by Russ
February 24, 2009, 11:38 am
Filed under: Russ

There’s something wrong with them.

Edition 29, has nothing in it. Edition 28, is from Jan. 20. What happened to everything in between?

I’m not just pointing this out to give James more work (a possible topic for Drupal Tuesday?) – it’s something to take into consideration as we build packages.

Anna Tauzin made a fairly complex one this week, but when we build everything in Flash, it means that it’s invisible to search engines. And, apparently, invisible to our archives system.

It’s just something we should be mindful of – if we want the Observer to be our collective clip file, the projects that we work so hard to create should be easily searchable and findable by our future employers. If you ever look at our site stats, you’ll see that stories from the Observer’s distant past, written by folks who are now alums in the real world are routinely searched for and read.

People will look at this stuff for years down the line, let’s make it easy for them to find.

Cross-posted at Blog/19 and AmericanObserved.

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