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The SocioSite Project

The Internet is rapidly transforming the production, distribution, and consumption of knowledge and information. Information is made available in electronic formats and through differing network applications. The information is expanding at a very fast growing rate. Much of the latest sociological research finds its way onto the Internet long before it reaches print or other traditional media. Coming to terms with the Internet and its resources is a most pressing and necessary task for all social scientists.

The SocioSite is designed to get access to information and resources which are relevant for sociologists and other social scientists. It has been designed from a global point of view - it gives access to the world wide scene of social sciences. The intention is to provide a comprehensive listing of all sociology resources on the Internet. The enormity and constantly changing nature of the Internet makes it impossible to develop a definitive and comprehensive listing. That's why the SocioSite will always be 'under construction'.

The SocioSite is a project based at the faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam. We present the resources and information that are important for the international sociological scene. It links students of sociology to many interesting, sociologically relevant locations in cyberspace. The SocioSite is a comprehensive information system which is very easy to use. That is why it has become a very popular yellow guide for social scientists from all over the world. The SocioSite is a toolkit for us social scientists. It contains high quality resources and texts that can be used as wheels for the sociological mind.

We hope the SocioSite will become a useful instrument for all social scientists in different fields of sociological study. This is only possible when we join our forces. So please don't hesitate to

It took many hours to make the SocioSite what it is today. It will take many more efforts to keep this site what it was meant to be: an accurate and comprehensive collection of resources in the social sciences. We want the SocioSite to include high quality resources and texts from all sociological fields, from all countries and in any language. If you would like to participate in the network of correspondents and editors for the SocioSite please contact us.

The SocioSite has been written in English. If you are interested in making a mirror site in other languages, please write us.

Site designers have developed a degree of sophistication. The look and feel of the sites we visit reflect their purposes and makeup of their target audiences. Many sites established by the media or targeted at the MTV generation tend to place a heavy emphasis on a strong visual appeal because their designers know that visitors expect both style and substance. Sites that serve a utilitarian purpose tend to look utilitarian. The SocioSite serves an utilitarian purpose, but it will be looking better in the times to come.

The SocioSite is a member of the International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publications (ICAAP) and is distributed free in order to promote uncommercialized scholarly communication.

For information please contact the chief editor:

Albert Benschop
Nieuwe Jonkerstraat 16
1011 CM Amsterdam
tel: +31 (0) 612120759
email: webmaster

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