Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Administrative: Happy New Year

As the new year begins and the seventh anniversary of the establishment of AWOL approaches (on 6th January), I'd like to take a moment to thank those of you who have contributed links to open access scholarship on the ancient world, or who have contributed in other ways. I look forward to continuing feedback from users on how AWOL might be improved or changed.  You may contact me via the comment function that is at the bottom of each page, or directly via social media, email (cejo at uchicago dot edu) or even by post.

It seems worthy of note that as a moment ago AWOL had received 5,737,798 page views. 3,737,798 of these have been within the last three years. Traffic in December 2016 fell just short of 200,000 page views as did two of the summer month in 2016. I am at a loss to explain these outliers. "Normal" traffic hovers around the 100,000 page views per month level.

In the right hand side bar of AWOL is a form allowing you to receive notifications of updates to AWOL by email. This seems useful for those for whom news feeds are not. Your address will be safe. Neither AWOL nor feedburner will send spam. Since I announced this feature in June 2009, 7,796 e-mail addresses have subscribed to AWOL.

If you are reading this in a newsreader or on facebook or twitter (or other social media) you will have to click through to see the form in the sidebar. If you are reading this by email you have already done what's required. The software requires a confirmation of your request to join. If you don't see such a confirmation request, check your spam folder.

Instructions for unsubscribing from the email list are at the bottom of each message from AWOL.

If you are not reading this on on facebook or twitter you are welcome to join in there.

You are invited to visit The AWOL Index

This publication systematically describes ancient-world information resources on the world-wide web. The bibliographic data presented herein has been programmatically extracted from the content of AWOL - The Ancient World Online (ISSN 2156-2253) and formatted in accordance with a structured data model. In continuous operation since 2009, AWOL is a blog authored by Charles E. Jones, Tombros Librarian for Classics and Humanities at the Pattee Library, Penn State University

This publication, The AWOL Index, is an experimental project, developed jointly by Jones and Tom Elliott, the Associate Director for Digital Programs at New York University's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), with the assistance of Pavan Atri, Roger Bagnall, Dawn Gross, Sebastian Heath, Gabriel McKee, Ronak Parpani, David Ratzan, and Kristen Soule.

Creation of The AWOL Index was made possible by a grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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