The Robert Graves Archive was originally one component of a Web Site called "Hippeis". This web site (renamed 'Imprimatur Hippeis' in June 1999): http://www.perlesvaus.easynet.co.uk/hippeis/) was (at the time) a way of developing a useful set of links revolving around electronic libraries and archives, SGML, etc. These functions have long since been superseded by other sites. The Graves Archive remained in the same location as the Hippeis pages until the 1st of October 1998, when it took up residence in my personal web space at the UK Office for Library and Information Networking (UKOLN).
The earlier part of this Log (up till October 1998) is extracted from the general record of the Hippeis site. A number of files referred to in the log are no longer available.
Mail to the Archive has been as heavy as before, and I have fallen behind with replies: my apologies are due to those who have been waiting for a response.
Most of the files available via the Archive's Audio and Video page are sourced from other sites: principally Earthstation 1, which is one of the most interesting media archives on the web. Recently however it changed its directory structure, turning much of the page into a mass of broken links. These were fixed as soon as I became aware of the problem. The Miranda Seymour interview (available via WBUR in Boston) was temporarily unavailable on account of the fact that the RealAudio file was moved to a RealAudio server. This too is available again from the Archive.
John Woggon's excellent History in Film site is now on its third location: hopefully it isn't going to move around much for a while. I'm keeping my eye on it (available from the Prose page).
The Archive experienced a massive increase in accesses on the 12th of March, which phenomenon is still unexplained. The rise in accesses was four-fold (431 users from midnight to midnight). The Robert Graves Society site experienced a similar (but even steeper) rise to over 500 users within 24 hours. The rise occurred in both US and UK accesses, so my hunch is that there was some mention of Graves on a television channel available in both the US and the UK. The accesses died back to something like the previous level over a period of four or five days. But as I have said, the phenomenon is still unexplained.
The general level of accesses during the months of March and April has been around 130 user sessions per day. Most of the US accesses come via an AOL proxy, so it is impossible to determine precisely how many users are coming in from the States. The UK proxy www.pol.co.uk is also now obscuring a great many individual accesses, so the number of user sessions represents a minimum usage (within the Archive's current definition of a user session, which is a series of hits from a single address, proxy or otherwise, within a thirty minute period). This minimum usage is likely to top 35,000 user sessions between January and December this year.
Plans for the near future include some useful refinements to the capacity of the Archive's search engine, plus some new content. Some of the longer term developments mooted for the site are behind schedule, but should happen sometime this year.
Since the entry in this history for the 16th of November 1999 the Archive has been included as a resource in the Online Britannica's links for Robert Graves. The Archive has also been included by the BBC in a selected list of general curriculum resources in English Literature for school students. This is in addition to the Archive's listing in the BBC Education Database and in the BBC WebGuide.
The Biographical Resources page has been modified, and additional entries have been made to the Poetry page. Other minor changes have been made.
A search engine was installed on the 10th of November. This supports right truncated and phrase searching. Thanks are due to members of the UKOLN systems group: Ian Peacock (formerly of UKOLN, and now based at the webstats company Netcraft); Lou Daly, Andy Powell, and particularly Tracy Gardner, for work on the search engine at various stages of development. The engine is still under test, so comments are welcome about its operation.
On the 21st of October a large archive was created of all external sites linked to by the Graves Archive pages. This amounted to more than 100mb of files, and included the John Woggon 'I, Claudius' pages before they moved to their new location. This large collection of pages was in the nature of a test, and a thorough archive of all relevant site pages (to the appropriate depth) will be undertaken shortly. This will constitute a snapshot of all significant Graves related pages on the web during the time necessary for the collection of the pages.
Accesses are climbing (though they dipped briefly at about the point students are expected to submit their first essays of the session): accesses are between 80 and 100 per day. The vast majority are from the US (about 70% of all accesses).
Future development of the Archive has been under serious consideration since March. The major lines of its development during the next five years have been mapped out, and the initial stages of this development will be implemented by the spring of 2000. The existing structure and services provided by the Archive will continue to be developed, but additional targetted services will be available.
The 'Audio and Video' page is now the third most accessed page of the site, after the Archive home page and the 'Poetry' page. I would be interested in comments about the use of the AV resources in an educational context. I would also be interested in hearing about any technical problems in downloading and running the necessary applications.
A general Graves 'News' page was installed on the 18th September (long overdue). The first item is a digest of a report which appeared in The London Times newspaper, on the 18th of September. The villa of Agrippina (the mother of Caligula) has been found near the Tiber, and is now being excavated. The remarks of the archaeologists make it sound as though they are expecting to find the remains of a building similar to the portico'd villa illustrated in a painting from the House of Lucretius Fronto in Pompeii.
A substantial amount of material relating to "The White Goddess" is now available on the web. However a good deal of it is extremely tendentious, and much of this material will have to wait while I devise a satisfactory way of including it. Graves did not regard himself as a magician or occultist (as he made clear in "The White Goddess") but a large number of people interested in the book and interested in putting up web pages about it have other ideas :-(
Much of the labour expended on the site recently has been in quite different areas and so far invisible. The "Special Collections" pages have been completely redrafted and expanded. These will replace the existing pages. New manuscript collection listings will be available. The essay on "The physical and mental scars of World War One as portrayed in poems by W. Owen and R. Graves" was mounted several weeks ago and linked to from the "Graves Criticism" page.
The Robert Graves Archive continues to archive pages from the web, and is now using two machines to process materials. On Friday 6th of August the files collected from the web, minus graphics, amounted to 1.9mb: two other sessions in the same week produced comparable quantities.
The Robert Graves Archive has been featured again this week as one of the BBC WebGuides' top "Arts and Culture" sites.
User sessions for the Robert Graves Archive have now risen to above 100 a day on at least 2 occasions (weekdays) during the past month. The user sessions per week (including weekends) during the fortnight up to the 19th of March averaged 77 per day.
I moved from Teddington in South West London to Bath in South West England on the 13th of October 1997. This was in order to take up a new job. I began to develop the mk.II Robert Graves Archive in October, and had a satisfactory test version running on a server at the University of Bath by March 1998. A number of factors held up the release of the site (it was excluded from indexing by web spiders): principally questions of scalability.
I looked at mk II again in July and noticed that a substantial number of links were already out of date. These were revised during August and early September: more remain to be added. The decision was taken not to move the new Graves Archive to the Easynet site chosen for the new location of Hippeis: instead I decided to move this Archive to another server in Bath at the same time as dismantling the old Graves Archive. Both parts of the former site at NetPresence in Edinburgh were scheduled to move on the same date, the 1st of October 1998: in practice the Hippeis site was copied over to Easynet between the 5th and 7th of September. This was done expensively from home, via a Macintosh. The transfer of the new Graves Archive from one Bath server to another was achieved in a trillionth of the time a few days later, using NFS file export (it was a drag and drop exercise: thanks are due to Sun for inventing this technology, and Ian Peacock of UKOLN for showing me how to mount one server on another). The necessary amendments (email addresses, etc) were made on the 19th of September, and on the 27th and 28th of September.
Access to the Robert Graves Archive will remain a feature of the Hippeis web site, but
it can now be accessed directly at:
The new address of Hippeis is:
or for those with older browsers:
Most links in this site are now corrected. Some minor modifications have been made to the Graves Archive pages.
The new site is running on Linux. Netpresence plan to upgrade the current hardware shortly, so access speeds will improve.
On the 1st of April an expanded Graves Archive front door was uploaded. A new page listing the Carcanet Uniform Edition of Robert Graves' Works (in progress) has been added (carca.htm).
The pages were tweaked considerably during the first two weeks - mostly experimentation with backgrounds for Netscape: it seems difficult to find backgrounds which look good on both PC and Mac platforms.
Some of the Graves checklists come up very slow because they are in gif format. These were produced directly from word-processed text as an experiment (i.e., no scanner involved). It is my intention to replace these with HTML versions of the pages, since it is a bit unfair to those confined to net access via text only browsers.
The Graves audio page was uploaded to the Oxford Server on the 22nd of March.
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