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Developing a "good" website for the Tse-whit-zen Project

Author(s): Virginia Butler ; Lisa Catto

Year: 2015

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Websites have become a relatively common way to share findings from archaeological research with the public. They are easily adaptable, can reach a wide audience (e.g. location, age, education levels), and can supplement other outreach programs. What makes a "good" one? Answering this requires that one has established goals; and that one has developed ways to assess whether the goals have been met. In our background research, explicit goal-setting and assessment of archaeological-based websites has scarcely been attempted. We are currently creating a website for the Tse-whit-zen project to address these concerns. Working with project investigators and local stakeholders, we are defining the core themes and content we want visitors to "take away" from a website visit. Working within budgetary, skill and time constraints, we are defining the website scale and selecting software (e.g. Wordpress, Dreamweaver, Weebly). Drawing on previous social media and education research, we are developing instruments to assess whether our goals are met (e.g., visitor tracking, focus groups, and online surveys).

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Developing a "good" website for the Tse-whit-zen Project. Lisa Catto, Virginia Butler. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 395352)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America