Find out more about the Beta launch and how you can help the site grow.
You may have noticed something above the Ri Channel logo.
What you are seeing now is not the finished website but a beta (or test) version. Whilst we’re very proud of what we’ve achieved we want to develop the site further by adding new features and responding to the feedback of our users.
One of the advantages of building the site in a very modular way (yet another clever touch from BfVA) is that certain blocks – the video player or the collections playlist, for example – can be developed, improved and redeployed without having to redesign whole pages or site sections.
Alongside technical development we want to keep improving the look and feel of the site as well as the types of content we feature and produce. For this beta phase we've made a range of different films in a variety of formats to see what people want to see more of - whether it's long-form Ri events, archive footage, interviews, short pieces to camera or behind-the-scenes tales from the Ri.
The mistake to make with beta launches is to never move out of the testing phase. Permanent beta is not a good look, especially if you’ve tried to take your audience on a journey as the site develops. And that's why we need your help.
We'll be tracking how people use the site and what they watch but direct user feedback – that means you! – will be crucial in knowing where to put our time, money and effort into improving the site and making it the best that it can be.
Have we missed something? What could be added? What do you like and what would you like to see more of?
If you would like to feedback on any aspect of the site as it stands – from design and functionality to the videos or repeating bugs – please do contact us by clicking the feedback tab on the left of the page. More contact details can be found here.
Frank James, Professor of the History of Science and Head of Collections, explains how the Ri's own collection of Davy's original manuscripts reveals the process behind the development of the Davy Lamp.
Posted on20th May 2016
Abby Guillermo, a BBSRC PhD student from the University of Oxford, shares her experience of being one of the 2015 CHRISTMAS LECTURES assistants.