This is one of the two major sources of electronic texts and indexes to Henry James (1843-1916) in the world; the other is hosted at the State University of New York, New Paltz, on the personal website of Professor Richard Hathaway
The site currently comprises 'scholarly editions' of the texts of five novels and some 40+ short stories, with more in progress. The majority of these titles are unique on the web, but even where not, the edition is unique (James was an inveterate reviser) and no other site offers linked notes, introductions and bibliographies.
Also on the site are annotated texts of the majority of James's 'Prefaces' to his New York edition, a major source of twentieth century literary theories, not otherwise available electronically. Their recent appearance in this form was welcomed by a published James scholar.
A computer generated concordance to the fiction texts on the site is maintained with a custom written script run by the operator (CGIs are not used). A separate concordance to the prefaces is being planned.
An index to printed collections of James's short stories and an index of his notebook name-lists are also available.
The site has been cited in at least one published (printed) paper known to me, in _The Henry James review_ and receives about 1000 hits per month (excluding web crawlers).
Adrian Dover works for Information Services so this site would presumably not be considered relevant to his work for the University! He says: "At 70MB (and growing) the site is too big to be hosted by most domestic ISP accounts, which impose a 50MB limit per site. Also I currently have no web access from home (I bring my files in on floppy disks still!), so in the event of implementation of the new policy at the end of March this resource will be lost to the world academic community. To buy a PC capable of supporting this work would cost me over £1,000. No way can I afford to support the academic research of the world on my meagre university salary."
The only source of specific information on the web about the author Denis Mackail (1892-1971), comprising a biography and descriptive bibliography. No etexts are mounted, as his work is still copyright, but Persephone Books ( http://www.persephonebooks.co.uk/ ) recently reprinted one of his novels and my site gets about 20 hits per month.
Information for fans of the singer Eddi Reader. Although started well before her official website http://www.eddireader.com/, the intention has always been to collect and annotate discographic details of her work, not to act as a publicity channel.
His site is at http://englishpoets.com
which redirects visitors to:
http://medweb.bham.ac.uk/vascularbiology/poetry/index.htm (on the Medical School server)
Sue's best known web site is the one on Palestine and Israel. In Autumn 2002 there was a concerted campaign by pro-Israel organisations and individuals to get her site shut down, claiming that it was "anti-semitic" and contained "visual glorifications of suicide bombers". Sue says: "These claims were malicious lies. I condemn all forms of terrorism including the state terrorism of the American, British and Israeli governments. Many of the links from my site are to Jewish and Israeli peace organisations. The suggestion that I am in any way anti-semitic is as offensive to me as it is ludicrous." The Registrar and Secretary of the University at that time, David Allen, issued a public vindication of Sue's pages, stating that she had "done nothing wrong" and upholding the principles of academic freedom. Now, however, all Sue's political sites are under threat. "I am sure that the University considers my sites an embarrassment", she says. "But they should see them as an asset. I recently got an e-mail from a student in the USA who wanted to write a dissertation about the Israeli reservists who are refusing to serve in the occupied territories. I was able to put that student in touch with Gush Shalom, the Israeli peace bloc. The dissertation was in the field of philosophy and ethics, which of course is not my academic area any more than Middle-Eastern politics is. But my site has provided a resource for academics as well as activists all over the world. That American student remarked on the fact that it was difficult to come across such resources in the USA. This site is needed. The fact that it is not related to the subjects that I teach is irrelevant."
Sue has learnt Dutch as a foreign language and has a site for Dutch culture and language. "Presumably because I teach English and not Dutch, that site would have to go too", she says. "The whole thing is utterly ridiculous."
Needless to say, information about "non-academic" electronic music is not something which would appear in the other sites that Kevin maintains for the electroacoustic music studios (over 66 pages, with concert photos and audio) and for the Studio Director, Prof. Jonty Harrison.
However, he believes that such unofficial information is indirectly of benefit to the university, not least in providing a more personal note to prospective students than anything offered by the official pages.
Kevin says: "I do maintain other, non-profit-making Web sites, not hosted at the University, mostly related to my own musical activities. I am reluctant to spend more money on hosting information, so if the University decides to remove personal sites, the information I have provided will probably disappear from the Web."
Kevin's site also contains links to some environmental campaigns: one of his concerns is with Genetically Modified Crops.
Another of Nat's pages provides an Introduction to PGP, which many people find useful to learn how to establish secure e-mail. Considered a standard resource (and mentioned in FAQs), this page gets about 1000 hits per month, including many from other universities, government agencies, etc.
Yet another of Nat's pages is the Acorn site - generally considered the main (and only?) web resource for encryption and security utilities for RISC OS (Acorn) computers. This gets a few hundred hits per month.
Dr. Bujalski has established an offshoot from his original site for the Fluid Mixing Processes Subject Group of the IChemE (i.e. Institution of Chemical Engineers, his national professional body):
This is a vital source of information for about 200 members from all over the world. Discontinuing the web address would cause a major communication problems for the group.
These IAFL and AILA pages are maintained by a postgraduate student, Jess Shapero, who is paid to work for IAFL for a few hours a month. Any major changes to the websites will require plenty of time to implement. The Bibliography pages require PHP and MYSQL, which the servers maintained by the Corporate Web Team do not support.
Jess says: "The IAFL is a professional organisation, and its resources, particularly this web site, are used by academic and non-academic linguists and lawers, students and teachers from all over the world. I use PHP and MySQL for some of the pages, and need my telnet access for direct manipulation of both the files and code. I also need the power of a UNIX-like system for these and poper access to my scripts. I am very worried about the amount of work which would be involved in any changes to the present set up. As a part-time student who is only employed by the IAFL for a few hours a month, the time I can devote to what ought to be a reasonably up to date resource is greatly limited. Since the site's creation in 1999 we have already had several changes of servers and URLs, and changes in software, the last being the traumatic upgrading of PHP3 to PHP4 and the separation of the IAFL site onto two servers."
Nat says: " If the present Sun7 service is to be discontinued at the end of March, this will do many students a serious disservice. I know from past experience that many students consult web pages such as these, especially when revising for examinations (April, May). All the students in my modules know those URLs. If they suddenly disappear, the students will be extremely disappointed. I could transfer those pages to a server in my department, but I am not at all sure that I will find time to do so before the end of March, and I may be forced to abandon them. I am by no means the only person to maintain such pages to support taught modules."
This page is maintained by Sue Blackwell
Last updated: 4th March 2004