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The Harriman Expedition Retraced Web site is designed to provide a rich array of information on the Harriman Retraced expedition that took place in the summer of 2001. Contributors to the site include professional writers, scholars, and expedition participants. This page provides information about the overall purposes of this Web site, its organization and layout, and technical information helpful in using the site.

Purpose and Content
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Purpose and Content

The Harriman Retraced World Wide Web site is designed to provide students, scholars and general public with a broad array of information about the original 1899 expedition and the thoughts, observations and reflections of the 2001 expedition team. This effort is guided by two teams: a group at Smith College under the direction of Dr. Thomas Litwin and a group in the National Ocean Service (NOS, NOAA) under the direction of Dr. Thomas La Pointe.

Audience and Purpose. The principle audiences for the Harriman Expedition Retraced Web site are students and the general public, with a special emphasis on high school students. The theme of the site echoes the theme of the expedition: A Century of Change. The site is designed to be the premier vehicle for public communication and serves as the public's window into the expedition.

Development Phases. The Web site will have three distinct phases. The first will be the period before the expedition. In this period the Web site will feature background information on the original expedition and previews of offerings that will appear during the expedition. The second phase is the expedition itself. During this period the site will provide a sequenced flow of essays, feature articles, and personal reflections of those on the expedition. This flow will continue for some weeks after the expedition is completed. The final phase is the period after the expedition until the release of the expedition book and PBS documentary. The site will feature several new offerings that will compliment the material in these other media.

Content. The central section of the site is the Expedition Log. This section will chronicle the adventures, thoughts, and observations of the expedition participants throughout the expedition in the summer of 2001. Short essays on both the original 1899 expedition and information on the 2001 retracing provide background information in the sections 1899 Expedition and 2001 Expedition. Expedition Maps presents a series of historic and current maps of Alaska and the expedition routes. These maps will be supplemented by a series of three-dimensional flythroughs supplemented with historic and contemporary images and narration. A Century of Change presents a series of topical essays on changes in various aspects of Alaskan life and culture in the past 100 years. The Documentary Film charts the development of the film from its inception through its airing in 2002. Finally, For Educators and Students will provide a series of educational offerings for classrooms and the observations of the expedition's teachers and students.

Page Layout. The original 1899 expedition provided a wealth of writing, photographs, and art. We have tried to include a rich sampling of this information. Additionally, margin notes on many of the pages provide quotes from the original participants and imagery. These have been specifically selected and positioned to enhance the content of the written material.

Technical Information

Browsers. This site is designed to be completely compatible with Netscape Navigator (v4.0 and above, recommended) or Microsoft Internet Explorer (v4.0 and above, recommended); however, other browsers can also be used.

Access Time. The visual record of the original Harriman Expedition is vast and one of its long-lasting contributions. We have included a cross section of this visual legacy throughout the site. These images occur on many of the pages. Images on these pages are small with larger versions accessed with a simple click. Each image has a caption to allow those readers who do not load images immediately to select specific images for viewing. Pages have been developed to load the text first.

Organization of Pages. Pages are organized in a simple linear manner for easy reading and printing.

Links. The Harriman Expedition Retraced Web site in comprised almost entirely of original content. Links to related sites are provided only in the Harriman Links section.

Fonts and Type Sizes. Times is the default font for this site; 12 point is the default size. All browsers allow users to select specific fonts and type sizes for display. Some users select large type sizes for ease of reading, or specific fonts for personal tastes. The text and layout should not be adversely affected by a user's selection of alternative fonts and type sizes.

Printing Pages. This site has been designed to ensure simple printing. We recommend printing in portrait format at a scale of 85 to 100%.

Navigation. Navigation through the site is straightforward. There are three levels of hierarchy. The first level is on the Home page. The second level is on the left sidebar of each page. The third level is within the page for page markers or branching pages. The Home Page is accessible from all pages. The Table of Contents includes all first and second level pages. Each page also includes a pulldown menu with first and second level pages.

Video. Two advanced features are used in this site. Video is provided in two formats. The principle format is Realmedia for viewing on RealNetworks Realplayer. Realplayer can be downloaded at www.real.com. The second format is QuickTime from Apple, Inc. which can be viewed with QuickTime player, available at www.apple.com.

Javascript. Most browsers support JavaScript. JavaScript is used to provide a few enhanced features in this site, such as the pulldown navigational menu (see Navigation above) and the pop-up informational boxes on the perspective maps.


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For information on the Harriman Retraced Expedition e-mail: harriman2001@science.smith.edu

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