World Archaeological Congress launches new web site
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Media Release: World Archaeological Congress launches new web site.
Date: Friday, 4 August 2006
The World Archaeological Congress (WAC) is pleased to announce the launch of its new web site
at worldarchaeologicalcongress.org. Over the past few months, the WAC website has undergone a
thorough review and redesign. More than just a cosmetic makeover, all of the content in the site
has been scrutinized, and the overall user interface has been designed to be much more accessible
and user friendly.
"We are absolutely delighted with this new site", said Claire Smith, President of WAC. "Having an
effective web presence is such an important part of any organization today, and is especially
important for a global organisation. This site was a real challenge for our web team-in keeping
with WAC's aim to promote international debate and diverse interests, the site needed to be
accessible easily to people from countries as varied as Nigeria, Thailand and the USA, each of
which has different Internet capabilities."
This work was conducted under the guidance of WAC's Internet and Global Communications Task
Force, chaired by Michael Ashley from UC Berkeley. "We are grateful for the exceptional efforts
of Timo Bishop, who has not only designed the new site, but has also accepted the role of WAC
web master," said Ashley. "Our hope is that we can provide the WAC community with a digital
collaboration portal to share ideas and activities worldwide."
Over the next few months, re-engineering work will continue on underlying web architecture to
comply with international accessibility and web standards. Dynamic content generation functions
and improved user experiences, including wikis, forums and improved communication tools will
be added. The Task Force will be calling for new links to WAC member sites, and welcomes
suggestions, comments and corrections to the site via the Feedback page.
The World Archaeological Congress is an international organization that represents professional
archaeologists in tertiary institutions, museums, government agencies and the private sector in
more than 90 countries. WAC has a particular concern to promote the protection of sites and
objects of the past, and the ownership and conservation of archaeological heritage, to foster debate
between archaeologists of different nations and theoretical orientations, and to give voice to
minority and Indigenous interests.
The mission of WAC's Internet and Global Communications Task Force is to develop and
maintain a digital framework that embodies the international and diverse interests of the WAC
membership. We are committed to creating a dynamic, multi-lingual, content rich collection of
web and communication tools brought together in a cohesive Internet portal that is inviting and
easy-to-use. Perhaps our most important task is to diligently act as stewards of the digital assets by
developing strategies for long-term, sustainable data archiving. For further information and
inquiries, please click here.
For further information:
Michael Ashley, Chair, WAC Internet and Global Communications Task Force, University of
California, Berkeley, USA
Claire Smith, President, World Archaeological
Congress, Department of Archaeology,
Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia
The World Archaeological Congress is the major
global organisation in archaeology, with
elected representation from all parts of the world.
It holds an international congress every
four years to promote the exchange of the results
of archaeological research; professional
training and public education for disadvantaged
nations, groups and communities; the
empowerment and betterment of Indigenous groups
and First Nations peoples; and the
conservation of archaeological sites.
The last Congress, WAC-5, was held from June
21-June 26 at the Catholic University of
America in Washington, D.C. WAC-5 was the first
full World Archaeological Congress to
be held in North America. It was attended by some
1,200 archaeologists, native peoples and
international scholars from some 75 nations.
The Congress Patron for WAC-5 was Harriet Mayor
Fulbright. Patrons of previous WAC
Congresses include Nelson Mandela and Prince Charles.
WAC-5 was held in partnership
with the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum
of Natural History and National
Museum of the American Indian, and in collaboration
with the Getty Conservation