by the CWLU Herstory Website Production Committee (2000)
a website requires a variety of hardware and software harnessed
together into a reasonably efficient workflow. The overall
look of the CWLU Herstory Website is designed by Estelle Carol.
Many of the production tasks are handled by her partner Bob
Estelle designs the look of the web graphics and page templates
layouts used on a repeating basis) and
then Bob puts in the content, which may come from individuals
in the form of word processing documents, video tapes, audio
tapes, photos, paper documents, or even handwritten notes.
The web pages are created and then uploaded to a "test
site" to debug problems. Other people on the Website
Committee can view the test pages to catch errors and offer
suggestions for improvement. When people are satisfied that
the pages are OK, they are uploaded to the "main"
or "public" site.
on this project has taught us a lot about the importance of
developing a collaborative team approach. A lot of what we
know about web production has been learned "on the job"
and from more experienced people who have been very generous
with their time. While the networking of computers is essential,
it is the networking of human minds and hearts that is truly
the important factor.
We use mostly older equipment, some of it purchased used or
refurbished, but still quite serviceable.
We have a network of 4 Macintosh computers. Two of our Macs
are also equipped to run Windows. Two Supermac S900 G-3's
handle the design, production and uploading of the site.
One of the Supermacs is also our video editing station.
A PowerCenter 132/375 G-3 is used for scanning photos, digitizing
and editing audio, and making CD-ROM's. A Power Macintosh
7100/80 connected to a Motorola cable modem allows us high
speed Internet access. This computer also functions as a
"firewall" to keep hackers from breaking into
our network and causing mischief.
We have an Epson 636 scanner for digitizing photos, slides
and documents. This scanner has Optical Character Recognition
software which allows us to scan old documents and convert
them to word processing text with reasonably decent accuracy.
This way we can put 25-30 year old documents on the Internet.
We have a Yamaha CD-ROM recorder which we use for making
backups of the site files and to produce Chicago Women's Liberation
Rock Band audio CD's.
An HP 6MP Laserjet handles our normal paper communication.
An Epson Stylus Photo is available for color printing of Graphics
Collective poster samples and photos from the site.
Equipment: One of the our S900's is equipped with a MotoDV
"firewire" card which allows us to input and edit
digital video from our Sony Digital 8 camcorder. A Panasonic
S-VHS VCR and a Symphonic TV/VCR combo serves as our video
viewing station. For tapes people send us, we use the XLR8
InterVu video capture device to get clips into our computer
system. Since TV sized video is not practical on the Internet,
we shrink and "compress" the video on our PowerCenter
after it has been edited.
Equipment: A Technics turntable, a Sherwood audio cassette
player and a Radio Shack mixer allow us to input audiotapes
and vinyl albums into our PowerCenter for sound editing. We
converted the Chicago Women's Liberation Rock Band vinyl record
to an audio CD using this system.
Our software is pretty standard
for web production