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(December 30, 2006) Does this Web site have all the components it
is supposed to have for a good quality Web site? Of course!
I have already developed documents for this Web site, delineating
how I meet Web site quality standards I consider important to meet.
This information can be found at:
I have also kept an ongoing record of updates to the Web site,
changes made, and visitor statistics. These can be found at:
- Blog Index From where you can get
to annual pages for updates and running commentaries (AKA blogs)
- Web site Poll Stats Summary
results of polls found on this Web site
The following table is my attempt to provide easy access to all
the components Web site raters usually would like to see. Raters also
come up with their own definitions of what they consider to make up a
quality Web site. There is a core set of components most look for, and
then there are some additional ones, which are not necessarily
essential to a quality Web site. I will include those outlying
components if I think they are worthwhile, or to comment on. This is
basically a "cheat sheet" for raters, which I hope will save them time
for reviewing this Web site, which currently has 285
pages . Sometimes, raters miss finding the components to
meet their criteria, so I am hoping this will be useful for them and
me as well.
While I am not required to provide this information, I am doing so
in the spirit of enhancing the quality of this Web site and to assure
my visitors and raters that I do make a concerted effort to provide a
quality Web site, whether it be through linking to other quality
sites (that I review prior to linking), or providing the content itself. I'm of the "why-reinvent-the-wheel?" state of mind. The content I provide is
usually content I have not found on other sites, but feel would be
worthwhile for visitors interested in the topic.
My philosophy is that knowledge should be freely available and
Note: The health information provided on this Web
site is intended to be general in nature and should not be relied upon
for specific treatment or be considered medical advice. If you need
personal medical attention, please contact a physician.
Web site rating criterion
What This Web site Has
I am the sole developer/owner of this Web site, which has its
own domain name. I pay Geocities.Com/Yahoo to provide web hosting services.
I provide various services that are sponsored by companies that
identify themselves as sponsors on my Web site. For example, the Public Health E-News and Public Health Jobs E-list are sponsored by Yahoo! groups, but I receive no renumeration from them. None are adult-oriented companies.
You can always reach me by E-mail at the address that is provided on ALL my Web pages. To my knowledge, there are no conflicts of interest or biases in my use of this web hosting service. Geocities.Com, now Yahoo! does not dictate to me what I can and cannot put on this Web site. The only limitations they place is that I do not have pornography and other offensive materials, which I totally agree with.
I do not charge anyone for visiting my Web site, nor, do I charge
anyone for having links on my Web site to other Web sites.
Design & Presentation
The explicit purpose of my Web site is to provide a one-stop Web
site where Public Health, Healthcare and Educational professionals can
begin a search for good quality health information on the Net. I set
up the Web site primarily for the benefit of my students, including
areas that I think would be most useful in their studies and career development. I have lectured about the Net in my Web Basics 101 Lecture , and have developed Web site
Evaluation Templates and all annotated bibliographies reflect my reviews of books I have read.
I do use trackers and counters on my Web site because being a good
Webmaster requires that I know my audience well enough to ensure that the Web site is useful for the audience I want to reach. Whatever information, which is not personal in nature, these tracking and counting services provide are not
I use this information to compile aggregate statistics, which I post on my Web site on the Web Stats Page and archived, which you can access from the Blog Index Page . I also list, if I can identify them, academic, government and non-profit agencies and institutions that have visited my Web site. These listings can be accessed from the Visitor Listings Index . (You'll be surprised, as I was, about how many different institutions there are!!!)
Tracking information is becoming more important now, as there are over 250 Web pages on my site (as of this writing). This information helps me to target and focus my energies on those pages that are the most used and to help me develop the content based on the type of audiences that come to visit. After all, I do need time to sleep, too.
For example, my Public Health Jobs Page is the most popular page on the Web site, getting over 10,000 hits to date. I originally set up this page as an afterthought. But, when I saw how much traffic it received, I have devoted more time building it up so it would be useful for anyone, not just students, looking to work in the field of Public Health. That's because not all visitors to this page were from educational institutions!!
Site Evaluation and Updating
Evaluation . The organization of my Web site is my own design. However, I have tried to use all the elements that Web authors have stated to be vital for a good Web site. Additionally, I have tried to comply with whatever guidelines and criteria that haven been developed by various entities (i.e., Healthy People 2010, Health on the Net, Summit Workgroup, Stanford University, etc.) in defining what makes a good Web site. Find out more about this topic on my Information Quality Page.
Whenever I have the opportunity, I submit my site to organizations and Web sites that give out awards. Almost all provide a criteria they use to judge Web sites for their awards. These provide me with additional guidelines to enhance my Web site. However, I cannot adhere to the criterion of some raters for a "uniform look" for the entire Web site because I design the Web site as a Web of content-related mini-sites, which share a common look and navigation bars. See this concept in action by how the Biostatics/Statistics Page allow visitors to access other pages on the Web site for related content. However, I do use a common header (with the URL noted below it) on all my pages.
Finally, I did provide my visitors the opportunity to evaluate my Web site with a Visitor Survey, but found this page was unfortunately abused by various parties that filled it out to advertise their Web sites, so this was taken down 12/29/2006. However, if you are interested in seeing this survey, you can E-mail me.
Updating. I update my Web site all the time. Visitors can see what's been added and updated on my What's New Page . At the bottom of each page you will find the date the page was first published, and then a date of when the page was most recently updated, followed by Rxx. This "Rxx" denotes how many times the page has been updated since it was first published on the Net.
Visitors help me keep the Web site current by reporting dead links so I can correct them. I also get help from anonymous respondents of the various Web site Polls I have throughout the Web
site. I have conducted these for many years. Responses from earlier surveys are archived on my Polls Archives Page . Responses have been used to revamp the Biostatistics/Statistics Page, and have
helped me to determine Public Health E-News
Bulletin content, and justify spending time on a Public Health Jobs Electronic Newsletter.
Updating becomes a major undertaking with a large Web site, especially when I am maintaining this site in my supposedly "spare time." I use software to identify dead links. I try to run this on a quarterly basis because it takes 3 hours (even on a fast connection) to run the program. After the report is completed, I spend 7 - 9 hours cleaning our dead links. I strive for 95%+ live links. The Web site has over 10,000 links. I have found, using some validating services, that on any given visit 1-5% of the links will not work. The problem with the Internet is that there's never just one reason for a link not to work, but many. And, sometimes, if you just try again in a few minutes, the link may work after all.
Many organizational Web sites are not accessible on a 24-hour basis, like my Web site, but shut down during some part of any 24-hour period. Take into account that people are accessing the Web 24/7 from any part of the world, you can see why some links would be found inaccessible during any point in time. This does not take into account that hosting services may decide to conduct maintenance without necessarily annoucing their intent at any time they feel the need to.
What's built to be current can become passe very fast. This is the two-edged sword wielded by the Internet. I have to say that every link is "live" when I put it on, because I review each one for relevance before I add it to my pages. However, things are always changing: Programs get defunded, administrations change and new webmasters with their own designs get hired all the time. Add to this the constant change in browser software, operating systems, new coding rules, etc. All these issues become factors to be considered, many of which I have no control over, regardless of how majestic the title of "Webmaster" may sound.
I do make every effort to create all my pages to be "platform-free." This means they should look half-way decent on any browser. I only use the standard HTML coding of the World Wide Web Consortium, and do not use browser-specific tags. I do not use frames, by choice, because having them only makes it even harder to navigate even though it seems fun, at first, to be able
to move numerous screens in every which way your mouse will cooperate.
I have added coding so that all linked sites will open in its own
window so that visitors can get back to my page easily. I also distinguish my pages from linked pages by having a standard header on all my pages. You will know when you are on any of my Web site's pages.
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PUBLISHED ON THE WEB: December 30, 2006
Updated: 3/10/2019 R470
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