Update … Since this page was compiled, the project referred to has changed its name to ‘York Stories 2012′.
Yesterday the local authority launched their ‘York Stories’ initiative, part of the ‘York 800′ festival.
In the real world, as opposed to this virtual one, there’s probably no confusion. But in this virtual world there is. As I expected there would be.
I care about this website, and about this virtual world of the web, the integrity and clarity of it, and whether people find what they’re expecting/hoping to find.
And it seems a shame that a website which has been a labour of love for 8 years is probably going to lose its search engine rankings because another project, just launched, has chosen the same name. A project which has a massive amount of resources to draw on, and is well-funded.
The project is a valuable and interesting one, and clearly the local authority and its many interlinked organisations are best placed to tackle this large task. I’m a little doubtful that any digital archive can be relied upon to be readable in a 100 years time, but assuming it is, it will be interesting to future generations.
The only issue is the confusion, in the virtual online world, regarding the name.
Perhaps they didn’t think about the clash and confusion. Perhaps they were aware of it, but carried on regardless. It’s not the first time the powers that be in this city have forgotten to even acknowledge the existence of a smaller project.
Anyway, I’ll just carry on adding things to this site when I feel inspired and have something to share. I like the creative processes involved. Even after all this time, thirteen years of being online, twelve years of making web pages, the internet’s possibilities still, at times, inspire and delight. Most recently, in contributing to the lovely www.historypin.com.