Raising Awareness

"A centre of excellence in digital information management, providing advice and services to the library, information and cultural heritage communities."

UKOLN is based at the University of Bath.


WebWatch: An Introduction

The WebWatch project will develop robot software for use on the World Wide Web to trawl over web resources in specific communities, including UK academic and library sites. We aim to develop a set of tools which will then be used to audit and monitor design practice and use of technologies on the web.

This will provide data about design practices, especially the deployment of applications based on or influenced by object technology including client-side scripting, mobile code and embedded components (Java, ActiveX, Plugins..). We will also be monitoring conformance/use of standards (e.g. HTML 4.0 and XML) and file-types available (e.g. PDF).

The project will also carry out analyses of server (and possibly cache) log files within a number of consenting communities, in order to provide a picture of usage by web browsers.

The information and conclusions are envisaged to inform funding bodies and other institutions about current practice and technologies.

Throughout the project we will maintain a Web-based information resource to report findings. A final report will cover all findings, conclusions and recommendations.

WebWatch was funded by the BLRIC.

Next | Previous | Contents