During today’s class we have been looking at ‘Deep Web’ resources and how they can help us as photographers and photojournalists. The subject mainly refers to specialist resources i.e. databases, which are only accessible via query. These may contain software, images, documents and multimedia. Deep web also covers pecial content, such as texts and books, and dynamically changing content, such as flight times and news.

There are a number of specialist websites, which can return very useful results, below is a short list of these:
The Wayback Machine – Can recover deleted content and sites.
Google Scholar – An entire library of books, journals, etc.
192.com – For finding information about people.
Companies House – For information on businesses.
Open Directory Project – Human-moderated web directory.
WWW Virtual Library –  Directory of databases.
British Library – Online books and articles.
Leeds Met Online – Comprehensive list of databases.

Using the internet, we then had the task of finding some deep web sites that have categories on or specialise in our subject areas. Here are my findings:
Photographic Journalism – journalistdirectory.com, photographersdb.com
Media Studies – mediastudies.com, bjr.org.uk
Digital Journalism – pressgazette.co.uk, digitaljournalism.org

These sorts of resources will no doubt be useful when it comes to doing tasks further down the line in this degree and in my professional life. I’m glad that I’ve had the chance to learn about these sorts of resources, most of which I never knew existed. Tools, such as the Wayback Machine really show how the World Wide Web has changed since its early days.

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