The World Wide Web has become a vital resource for research, teaching and learning among students and academics throughout the world. As well as using it as source of knowledge and information you can also contribute to the web yourself. You may wish to publicise your research or a specific project you are undertaking, perhaps in order to get feedback from others in the same field. The web offers a powerful and virtually instant means of publicising papers, articles or dissertations internationally. The ability to include elements other than text, such as graphics, sound and video can make a web version of a publication more attractive and useful.
The College's own web sites are solely for official material from the College and individual departments. However, the College also provides a special web server, dedicated entirely to publishing staff and student personal web pages. Any member of College can create a single web site on this server with their registered username and password.
Creating Web Pages
Creating pages for the World Web is relatively simple compared to many other computer-based processes. A web page mainly consists of text which is 'marked up' using HTML tags. These tags tell the web browser how to display text and any associated images. There are many different HTML editors available to help you create web pages. However, to get good results it is necessary to spend a little time learning how the web works and how to use HTML.
Adobe Dreamweaver is the College's recommended web authoring software. This is available on PCs and Macs in the Rutherford Information Services Building (RISB).
There is no moderation or control of the Web. Because of this Goldsmiths, in common with all other colleges and universities, has to be very careful not to allow any material to be published on its servers that is in any way illegal or otherwise inappropriate.
College Regulations contain a number of provisions relating to computer use in College, many of which are relevant to web publishing. In particular you should refer to Computer Services Guide C6.2 JANET Acceptable Use Policy which lays down specific guidelines for web publishers.
If any material that conflicts with College Regulations is found on the server it will be removed immediately, without notice, and the person responsible will be subject to disciplinary (and possibly legal and criminal) sanctions. If you have any doubts about any material you want to publish on the web, advice can be sought from the Goldsmiths Web Team, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Your responsibilities can be summarised as follows:
Setting up your web space
You will be allowed to choose the URL (web site address) for your pages, which will take the form:
This will be the URL you give out to people you want to visit your web pages. Currently you will be allocated 10Mb of space on the Homepages Server hard disk, which is more than adequate for most purposes.
Your homepage (i.e., the 'top-level' page of your web site should be called index.html. This is the default file that will be displayed when your URL is retrieved by the browser. (Note: your homepages folder will already have an 'index.html' file in it, with the message 'under construction'. You will need to overwrite this with your own index.html file.)
To set up your personal web space, see Setting up New Space.
Putting your web pages on the Homepages server
Once you have created your pages, and ensured that they conform to the College Regulations, you need to upload them to the Homepages Server to make them available.
You manage your files on the server using a piece of software known as an FTP client. WS-FTP is the standard FTP client on College PCs, while Fetch will be found on College Macintosh systems. Computer Services Guides C5.5 Windows FTP and C5.9 Macintosh FTP explain how to use FTP software.
You can update the content of your pages as often as you like, simply by uploading a newer version to the server. You can also remove any of your pages from the server at any time.
Getting help with your web pages
Although you are encouraged to set up your homepages, the IT Department's Help Desk is unable to deal with student queries about HTML or web design. Computer Services runs web authoring courses for staff and research students.
The Library is well stocked with books on web authoring and design, and Guide C9.2 Creating Web Pages is available from the Help Desk. Perhaps the best source of help, ideas and information is the web itself; some useful resources are linked from www.gold.ac.uk/webresources/.
We have provided the following ‘scripts’ for you to use in your Web pages.
Form to Mail
For further details of these, see Information for Users.
When you leave Goldsmiths
If you are a student, your Computer Services account is frozen the day after your course ends, and you will no longer be able to make changes to your site. However, the site will remain accessible to readers for a year.
If you wish to move your site elsewhere, you can use Homepages 'Referer' facility to redirect visitors to your new site. You are advised to set up this facility before the end of your course. If you leave it till after completion of your course, you will need to complete an application for a Temporary Extension of Computer Access. Hard copies are available from the IT Help Desk. Note that you can only have one such extension.