Anatomy of a Domain

In Emory’s version of Domain of One’s Own, we are imagining that the central domain that students and faculty register will serve, not as the whole of each individual’s online presence, but as a sort of central hub that connects together various disparate online elements.

Individuals will be free to determine what elements or services they want or need in order to publish their work online, and the domain that they register as part of our program will become the central pillars of these structures that they create.

Once Jane Student has created janestudent.com, she’ll be free to build what Gardner Campbell calls her own “personal cyberinfrastructure.” That central domain can become a stable platform from which she publishes various individual projects in subdomains of the site, participates in collaborative web projects for her classes, curates work to include in a digital portfolio as part of an application to grad school, constructs a site tour and resume as part of a job search, pulls together feeds from her other social media accounts, gathers together her research and preparation for her graduate comprehensive exams, or whatever else she chooses to include in her domain.

Jane’s domain might end up looking something like this:

She might have registered janecollege.net with Namesilo and then mapped that domain onto a site she created in Weebly. The 2 site tours, Twitter feed, and embedded Storify stories might simply be pages in that central site, still with the base theme that she has chosen and tweaked. The photo blog and travel diary might be a Wordpress site that she has linked to from her main page. The various other individual projects might be created in Weebly and published as subdomains (i.e., poetry.janecollege.net). The wiki might be something that her anthropology professor created in pbworks and that she and her classmates contributed to over the course of the semester. The activist website might be something that she and a small group of her friends create from scratch in HTML5 using Dreamweaver, hosted on private server space.

Once she starts graduate school, Jane College might take most of the prominent pieces of her domain and tuck them away in a small subsection of her site called archive.janecollege.net, to free up valuable space on her front page to devote to new projects she takes on in her advanced studies.